Here is the text, a text that shows "noun infinitives" used in different ways, in which "but" is catagorized as a preposition:
The noun infinitive can be a subject (To eat is fun.); a direct object (I like to eat.); a predicate nominative (A fun thing is to eat.); an appositive (My hope, to travel, never happened.); an object of a preposition (I want nothing but to save.)
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I wanted to buy the car, but I couldn't afford it.
But it is also used as a preposition meaning except:
Nobody [but / except] you can explain it.
All the boys [but / except] Jake passed the test.
Tell everyone [but / except] Sally what happened.
Does that answer it for you?
AnonymousBut is a prepostition, but it is also a conjunction.It actually belongs to four categories:
It's a coordinator in He tried but failed.
A preposition in I couldn't have done it but for your help.
An adverb in He is but a child.
A noun in Let's have no more buts.
It's a versatile little word, isn't it?
Anonymoushe but I is responsible.Are you asking a question?
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