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It's a matter of emphasis, or drawing the reader's attention to a particular aspect of the sentence. One definition of "but" is synonymous with "only", and using "only" here draws the reader's attention to the fact that the subject of the sentence (the stream in Brookfield) is not unique. "Brookfield was one of many feeding streams." - simple statement ...


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In this case, but is used to mean merely/just/only. Brookfield was only one of many feeding streams. See: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/but "adv. 1"


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One of the definitions of "but" is "except". Your sample sentence, with some implied words added back in, is something like [There was] not a wrong in the world except [such a wrong as] had him as its champion...


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We can work forwards from ABC to DEF by knowing the history of biology, but that uses more than English usage. So let's work backwards, starting with DEF. No one will be surprised by the "slant" (i.e., a particular biased view) of an opponent of one's position. A surprising interpretation may arise from a supporter, though. This leaves out (D) subverting (...


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As @Deadrat and Hotlicks mentioned in the comment, in Latin, "et" is a conjunction which means "and" and "cetera" is an adverb which means "others" or "the rest". Therefore, if you write "and et cetera (etc.)", you are writing "and and others" which is not correct. That's why you should not use "and" before "etc."


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Both 'at' and 'as' are prepositions, and both are used adverbially. The coordination is ambiguous. Is it 'at the heart of every nation' and 'as the heart of every nation', or merely 'at every nation' and 'as the heart of every nation'? You might disambiguate as follows: There is a statue "at and as" the heart of every nation.


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Lest is generally followed by a verb clause in the subjunctive mood. The word should is just a way to put a clause into the future subjunctive. Some examples found online: I won’t waste your time responding point-by-point lest I give credence to unsubstantiated allegations and tortured innuendo. Now, lest I appear ungrateful for the relative privilege I ...



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