I have a question regarding the usage of "but".

Suppose a person plays cricket. He does not play football. Which of the following is correct?

  • He plays cricket but football.
  • He plays cricket but not football.

I think the first one to be true. But it seems weird. Most of the time, I've seen the second statement to be used.

  • The second one is correct, but I can't give an explanation as to why, so I'll leave this as a comment. – Ataraxia Oct 30 '12 at 8:56
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    "He plays cricket but not football.", but "He plays every game but football." In the second case, but means except. – Kris Oct 30 '12 at 9:43
  • So @kris! Is the first one correct? If yes, what does it mean? – Shashwat Oct 30 '12 at 9:51
  • The correct versions are the two sentences I stated in the comment above. – Kris Oct 30 '12 at 9:53
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Second one is correct .I think problem with first version is, you are trying to use but as Except for that but should be followed by the word which is subgroup of the other word.Like Everyone laughed but Tom. I will leave rest for the others.

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