What does it mean to say nothing but?

What does it mean to say nothing but?

But” in the expression “nothing but” means “except”, i.e. “nothing but” is just a more emphatic way of saying “nothing except”, “only”; for example. We could see nothing but fog. He causes nothing but trouble. which means the same as. We could see nothing except fog.

How do you use the phrase nothing but?

Nothing-but sentence example

  1. He did nothing but hide the truth from you.
  2. That’s right – nothing but honest work.
  3. She had done nothing but cry, complain and faint since this ordeal had begun.
  4. I resolved to remain calm for her sake and talked of nothing but positive certainty of our escape.

Is nothing but correct?

The grammar is nothing but + noun (or) nothing but + noun phrase. We often use nothing but when we complain about something or talk about the negative aspects of something, but you can use nothing but when we talk about positive situations or things: Jack’s son is nothing but trouble.

Is nothing but in a sentence?

1 The play was nothing but froth. 2 They’re nothing but a bunch of war-mongers. 3 You’ve caused me nothing but heartache. 4 They had nothing but scorn for his political views.

What is everything but?

The meaning of “everything but” is quite literal; it means “everything except”, “everything with the exception of”. For example: I eat everything but meat. She wants everything but happiness for other people.

What means anything but?

used to mean the opposite of the stated quality: She’s meant to be really nice but she was anything but nice when I met her.

Is nothing if not meaning?

phrase. You use nothing if not in front of an adjective to indicate that someone or something clearly has a lot of the particular quality mentioned. [emphasis] Professor Fish has been nothing if not professional.

Can you end a sentence with anything but?

What does it mean by ‘anything but’ when it is put at the end of sentence, such as the following sentences? It means it was anything but that. And that refers back to the previous description in the sentence. You would not repeat the words – I am just putting them in to show which words are being referred to.

What does anything but easy mean?

“Anything but easy” means “not easy”. Anything else, but not easy.

What does it mean by anyone but you?

In the sentence mentioned in the question anyone but you means anyone except you. And there’s no need of a comma before but.