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Synonyms for the “not…but…” construction

I am looking for proper alternatives to the "not...but..." construction, which is used to refute an assumption and draw attention to a new point. Example: The park was known not for its amenities, ...
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“Twice (adj.)-er” vs. “two times (adj.)-er” vs. “twice/two times as (adj.) as”

Suppose we are comparing a particular characteristic (that takes comparative -er) of two items, A and B. Compared to B, A displays double that characteristic. There are multiple ways we can express ...
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What is the correct form of won't or are not going to?

What is the correct form? I hope in the future we won't go to school in the morning I hope in the future we are not going to go to school in the morning
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Alternative “spend on something”, “amount of money”

For example: The company have spent $500 on clothing and books. The amount of money we need to pay for these stuffs is around $300. I'm writing an essay so academic or formal is preferable
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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The word describing a seriously humorous oxymoron

Is there an English word (and if there is more than one – besides Oxymoron - which is the best?) to describe an oxymoronic figure of speech that is humorous because of the seriousness of the subject, ...
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“Supposing” as a conditional

Consider the following sentence: But supposing they phone to find out where you are? What shall I tell them? Why is it not possible to replace the word phone with would phone? Is supposing ...
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how to rephrase “have [a list] as …”

I am writing this sentence: The file name should have the year and month as the last two segments. (e.g. myfile_2005_1.txt) This is a simplification, because the year and month parts should ...