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

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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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Whiskey Nixon

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November 14, 2018

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“all but” - I hate that expression!

  • November 14, 2018, 1:19pm

It doesn't mean the opposite, it means quite what it says. 'All but' means 'almost' or 'nearly'. The confusion comes from the elision inherent in the phrase. "They were all but exterminated by the Jedi" could also be written "They were hunted, tortured, maimed, and killed--all but exterminated by the Jedi". In this example, the reason 'all but' does not include verbs like 'tickled' is due to the principle employed in all communications, 'noscitur a sociis' (latin, 'it is known from its associates'), which requires phrases remain topical.