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We're making a lot of progress, but we've still got a long way to go.
Anna's a highly intelligent girl, but she's very lazy.
a simple but effective way of filtering water
What we are about to do is perfectly legal. But please don't discuss it with anyone.
It was a very complicated operation. But I don't want to bore you with all the details.
There's also the question of how we're going to pay for this, but we can discuss that some other time.
She does nothing but complain all day long.
There's no alternative but to scrap the whole plan and start again.
I refuse to discuss my medical history with anyone but Dr. Grant.
We can but guess at the extent of the problem.
Several Japanese companies already operate in the U.S., Nissan, Honda, Fujitsu, to name but a few.
This is the American English definition of but. View British English definition of but.
very unpleasant or dirty
a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the timeadd a word
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