Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the English

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the English

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

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AndresChicago

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The clearest way of putting the problem (in my mind) in this: The literal meaning of 'all but' is 'everything except,' but that is not what is meant. Consider:
My boss' constant nagging made the job all but impossible.
'Everything except' suggests that the nagging made the job everything except impossible - but that is clearly not what is meant. 'Almost' or 'virtually' seems to fit better, and this is why 'all but' is a poor expression - its literal meaning is somewhat at odds with what is meant. We should 'eschew' it - don't you think?