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3 Ways to use BUT in English (Different Meanings of BUT)

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In this video I explain 3 different meanings of the word "but". Many people think there is only 1 meaning, but there are actually several. Here I show you the meanings that I think are the most important. I also give several example sentences. For more uses of "but", click on the link below: https://www.thefreedictionary.com/but Spread the love! Help more people understand this lesson by contributing subtitles in your own language here: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?ref=player&v=n5UhX10blQ4 For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and English listening practice. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started. I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English. Stalk me! https://www.facebook.com/EnglishWithMax https://twitter.com/EnglishWithMax https://www.instagram.com/englishwithmax/ How to use but Meanings of but
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English with Max (7 months ago)
Spread the love! Help more people understand this lesson by contributing subtitles in your own language here: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?ref=player&v=n5UhX10blQ4
Fazlı Durmuş (5 days ago)
Thank you so much!
English with Max (5 days ago)
My pleasure!
Maliksuleman1 (1 month ago)
Gardening is but a time pas hobby for me. Democracy is but a rule of people.
Maliksuleman1 (28 days ago)
Thank You
English with Max (28 days ago)
👍😀 *is but a pastime for me. * a rule of the people.
Your videos are great.
Thanks.
Again sorry about the mistake. I wanna say Always likes for your lessons.
English with Max (3 months ago)
No worries! Thank you very much! :)
Sorry, Max. I've confused the things. I meant thumb.
English with Max (3 months ago)
We call the picture of the video a "thumbnail". I just wasn't sure what you meant by "ever and ever". ;)
Thumbnail ever and ever.
English with Max (3 months ago)
What do you mean? :)
MO SH (3 months ago)
I went to practice English, but I still fear to speak- Eat any anything but Sugar- I want travel abroad, but I have 200$- !
English with Max (3 months ago)
👍👍 *but I'm still afraid to speak. *I want to travel
Tikus241 (4 months ago)
Excellent, as usual.
English with Max (4 months ago)
Thank you for your continued support :).
nandakumardeepak nanda (6 months ago)
I'm good at English but afraid to speak
English with Max (6 months ago)
That's normal, but practice makes perfect ;).
dmartinfpro (6 months ago)
Max, amazing as always! 1- I might be tall, but I'm fearful too. 2- I like all English Youtube channels but the ones you have to pay ;) 3- Don't be mad at Max, she's but a beautiful terrific teacher.
English with Max (6 months ago)
Thank you :). *but the ones you have to pay for. Otherwise, perfect!!
Areli TV (7 months ago)
Thanks! Max it was so useful like usuall
Amir Jobran (7 months ago)
I visited paris but I didn’t visit Dubai
English with Max (6 months ago)
👍👍
fong beng (7 months ago)
Teacher Max, what's the difference between " I submit documents required and being required"?
English with Max (6 months ago)
Hello, sorry for my slow reply. It would be better to say: I submit the required documents. ;)
Kevin Ortiz (7 months ago)
Very Excellent
fong beng (7 months ago)
Teacher Max, can we say " I have to hold my urine because nobody relieves me for toilet break" 1) Hold my urine,hold my hunger. Are they correct? 2) Relieve me for toilet break.Relieve me for duty. Are they correct?
English with Max (7 months ago)
Well, it's grammatically correct, but we wouldn't say that. A better sentence would be: I have to hold on because nobody relieves me for a toilet break. (It is clear from context what "hold on" means ;).)
Aimanno Mourad (7 months ago)
Thank you for your great efforts, It’s a good lesson but it’s short one, I think Instagram effects on YouTube , isn’t it?
Aimanno Mourad (7 months ago)
English with Max you can make a vote on that I like lessons Generally which not less ten minutes , but your lessons particularly I like long ones I think 🤔 two hours Or three may be suitable.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Maybe a little bit, but it's also because most people prefer short videos...
RAD English (7 months ago)
Best. Thumbnail. Ever.
Jean-Philippe CAZENAVE (7 months ago)
Hello Max, thanks to help us...
lal c (7 months ago)
Hi Max, I've received notification of this video 3 days back but now only I could watch. I was not only busy in work but also out of station. I find the first two usages of 'but' on daily converstain but the third one is quite advanced. Thanks.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Yes, you're right. The 3rd one isn't used very often, but we hear it sometimes :). Thanks for watching!
Retterhalm Lechtenstaarn (7 months ago)
I am not a welder, but a mechanic. And this job is good, but I want to get a raise. But my boss thinks It's good so far. Therefore my but chance is to change my job. Or boss.
Retterhalm Lechtenstaarn (7 months ago)
English with Max Thank you, Max! I don't like how it sounds either.
English with Max (7 months ago)
👍👍 *only chance (We can't always replace "only" with "but".) Otherwise, perfect!
Meni Porat (7 months ago)
BTW, butt (double “t”) has many meanings. It may refer not only to one’s behind (butt-ocks) but (ha-ha-ha) also, for example, to the unused remainder of a cigarette (“cigarette butt”). These are, IMHO, the most common meanings of butt.
English with Max (7 months ago)
I'm aware of that, but I didn't want to overwhelm my viewers with too many meanings. ;)
knik3 (7 months ago)
The different ways/accents natives have to pronounce 'but' are impressive. British, american and the like.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Very true :)
Elizabeth Clemens (7 months ago)
One more precious video lesson , thanks a bunch Max English!
English with Max (7 months ago)
Thank you very much, Elizabeth! :)
Sabrinne Souza (7 months ago)
My mom asked me to go out, but I refused, I was very lazy. My husband eats everything but onions. I can't do all these tasks. I'm but one!
English with Max (7 months ago)
👍👍 We'd normally say: I'm but one person. Otherwise, perfect!
fong beng (7 months ago)
Thank's teacher Max, I learn a lot from you.Thank you very much
Hi Max. Very useful! Here are my sentences: * Mary is not very young, but she is still attractive. * Júlio enjoys studying English, but he does not like to study Portuguese. * Sarah is not a doctor, but a nurse. * I was being followed by a thief last night, so I had no choice but to run. * Be patient! She is but a little baby. Thank you so much. I'll see you next time. Bye!
English with Max Thanks a lot, Max.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Hi Julio! It might sound a *little* better to say: ... but he does not like studying Portuguese. But that's just a question of style. Otherwise all your sentences are perfect! Well done! 😀👍
Chri Li (7 months ago)
Dear Max, I know you are fluent in German so I think I can ask you: The first 'but' in your video has two German translations, right? "Frank is smart, but he never studies" = aber (now I don't remember your example, so I'm making up one 😉) "Frank isn't English, but Australian" = sondern So in fact for Germans you presented FOUR meanings of 'but'! 🤗 (Btw, I like your no. 3 very much. It sounds so poetic! 😍)
English with Max (7 months ago)
Yes, you're absolutely right! I suppose I could've broken it down into four meanings, but I kept it at three because "sondern" still has a sense of "different to what was said before", if that makes sense. ;)
Aparecido FERREIRA VAIS (7 months ago)
Max thanks for this very useful video You're a great teacher
Aparecido FERREIRA VAIS (7 months ago)
English with Max have a nice day
English with Max (7 months ago)
Thank you so much again!
Cafe Sang1105 (7 months ago)
I but love you, Max.
English with Max (7 months ago)
*I love but you, Max. Haha, thanks :).
Adam Biryło (7 months ago)
I don't speak English but German.
fong beng (7 months ago)
Teacher Max, which preposition is correct? Example - I conduct a body search of the person or on the person.Thank's
English with Max (7 months ago)
"of the person" ;)
jorge monk (7 months ago)
No se entiende nada.
Jamal Hm (7 months ago)
Thank you
Jamal Hm (7 months ago)
Thank you
Long Nguyen (7 months ago)
Thanks Max!
Kamlesh Saini (7 months ago)
I like all the movies but not boring. This lesson is too short but very important.
Kamlesh Saini (7 months ago)
Thanks a lot!
English with Max (7 months ago)
*I can but hope it rains. ;)
Kamlesh Saini (7 months ago)
I like all my friends but the bad ones. There are just a few clouds in the sky. I can but hope to rain.
Kamlesh Saini (7 months ago)
I got it. Thank you very much!
English with Max (7 months ago)
😀👍 *I like all movies but the boring ones.
Юрий Руденя (7 months ago)
I don't know how to do anything but how to conduct a symphony orchestra. Howere, I am not a conductor, but cardiac surgeon. I do not conduct very well, but try very hard.
Юрий Руденя (7 months ago)
English with Max thank you!
English with Max (7 months ago)
😀😀 *but conduct *however *but a cardiac surgeon Otherwise, perfect!
Sonson Elmasrey (7 months ago)
i love frank , but he 's naughty boy .all my friends hate biology but me.don't beleive anyone but real friends.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Perfect!!
jamal kamal (7 months ago)
*Don't dislike this video, she but wants to help you!* *I'd like to like this video a hundred times, but I cannot!* *Her videos are anything but deserve a dislike!*
English with Max (7 months ago)
👍😀 *Her videos deserve anything but a dislike.
Wilfried Mathias (7 months ago)
Another great video, thank you Max! Here are my 3 examples: This was not good luck but the result of hard work,- Everyone knew about this but me,- I couldn´t think of anything but the test.
English with Max (7 months ago)
Thank you! And perfect sentences!!
Soha Mumtaz Awan (7 months ago)
I don't know her by name, but I can recognize her by face. Tina is not old but active. We can but pray for good.
English with Max (7 months ago)
👍:) *recognize her face *but young. --- Normally in this construction, you use a word with the opposite meaning. Or you could use a different construction: Tina is old, but she is still active.
anshul sherawat (7 months ago)
Hey techer,can you tell we what makes difference from each other these words, twirl,swirl,spin,whirl. Atleast can you gimme a slightest idea where to use them? You know like collocations.I am a little too confused with these words.
English with Max (7 months ago)
They're all very similar... "Spin" is the most common one. For example, there is a party game called "spin the bottle". Or when you play a board game, sometimes you have to "spin the arrow". I hope that helps!
Mohamed Mustafe (7 months ago)
Thanks my teacher you're best one of my teacher
English with Max (7 months ago)
Oh, thank you very much!

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