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  1. She has no one else to look after her but me.

  2. She has no one to look after her but me.

Which is correct? What is the difference between these two sentences?

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  • But me means except for me, so it is, strictly speaking, unnecessary to use else (other than me) in the same sentence. May 25, 2020 at 7:56

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"But me" means "except for me". So, you need not use 'else' to exclude 'me' from 'no one' in your example :

"She has no one else to look after her but me." (Here, 'else' is unnecessary.)

Your second sentence is okay :

"She has no one to look after her but me."

Or, you could also say :

"She has none but me to look after her."

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