"It is not metaphorical, but only literal."

In the sentence above, am I allowed to use "but"? It sounds fine, in my opinion, without "but", but I am a foreigner and thus very inept when it comes to legitimacy of sentences. Do I have to use "but", or is it okay to leave it out?


I would say that "It is not metaphorical, but only literal" is valid, but you can go ahead to leave "but" out.

Saying "It is not [adj], but only [adj]" is implying that the noun that you're talking about (it) is only describable in only one adjective. Saying "It is not [adj], only [adj]" will imply the same thing.

  • @H_H If you find my answer helpful, please click the check mark next to my answer. Thanks! – Mingle Li Jan 15 '17 at 16:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.