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The city set up a shelter at an elementary school, but American Red Cross spokeswoman Courtney Johnson said all but one of the families was able to find a place to stay with friends or relatives.

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Does "but" mean "except" here?
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CreativeguruDoes "but" mean "except" here?
Yes
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Indeed, were not was
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Yess
but means except
So, the sentence means: All the families were able to find a place to stay with friends or relatives Except for one family
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We are talking about one family so I think 'was' is appropriate and then is it necessary to use 'was not' but i think that is understandable through sentence. Kindly correct me if I am wrong
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all familieS were able