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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Alternatives for BUT

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

It's one of those handy words that, notwithstanding, is over used. It finds it's way into many sentences where it doesn't need to be, yet there it is anyway. Nevertheless, this small three letter word fills a space.

On the other hand...

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

after all, all the same, alone, although, anyhow, apart from, aside from

bar/barring, bating, besides, be that as it may, by contrast

completely, conversely

debarring, despite that

entirely, even so, except/excepting, excluding, exclusive of, exempting

for all that

howbeit, however

in addition to, in contrast, in spite of that

just, just the same

lacking, leaving aside, leaving out

merely, minus

nevertheless, no more than, nonetheless, not counting, nothing but, notwithstanding

omitting, only, one and only, onliest, on the contrary, on the other hand, other than, outside of, over and above

per contra

rejecting, restricting, ruling out

save (for), saving, simply, singularly, solely, still

then again, though

whereas, wholly, withal, without, with the exception of,


Do you have a favorite alternative? Do you over use this word in your writing?


  1. Now THAT is a helpful list! Very overused word. Or maybe that's just me...

  2. Great list! Thanks for putting it together.

  3. What a great list. Thank you!

  4. I suspect I might overuse it... But it's so useful! :-P

  5. I love this list, Bish. I use "although" quite often.

  6. Howbeit? Is that like albeit? Love it!

  7. Oh, I love all these albeit, notwithstanding, and withal words. :) I probably use "although" most often as a substitute.

  8. Oh, I love all these albeit, notwithstanding, and withal words. :) I probably use "although" most often as a substitute.

  9. You know, sometimes I write and then rearrange my sentences because I figure people (North Americans mainly) wont know what I'm talking about - like, 'save for'. :)

  10. These are good. I delete the buts if I see too many of them and rewrite sentences.


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