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Usually, whenever I post a question on Stack Overflow, I have a habit of using the word but excessively. Is there an alternative word can I use?

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@user your title provides a different question than your text. – David LeBauer Jan 11 '11 at 5:48

You can also use these:

  • However
  • Although
  • On the other hand (can also be used together with "but")
  • Unfortunately
  • Nevertheless
  • Still
  • Though
  • Yet
  • Except
  • Unless

You can see more synonyms here (from an online thesaurus).

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great list for other words. – user3458 Jan 11 '11 at 6:00
Thank you very much! – Abluescarab Jan 12 '11 at 1:50


"but" is used about 1 in every 400 words, at least in books.

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From wordnik

ac · although · bar · besides · boundary · except · excepting · excluding · further · howbeit · however · howsoever · howsomever · limit · merely · more · moreover · natheless · nathless · nevertheless · notwithstanding · only · save · solely · still · unless · with the exception of · without · yet

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great list for other words. – user3458 Jan 11 '11 at 5:59

'though' is a pretty common synonym, but it goes at the end of the phrase generally. 'however' is another. it can be used before or after.

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Though "though" is sometimes used at the end, it can also be used at the beginning :-) – psmears Jan 11 '11 at 8:01
hence 'generally'. ;) Used at the beginning of the sentence it is not as directly interchangeable with 'but', though. I'd have to reorder my clauses. – Damon Jan 11 '11 at 12:56

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