all but

gil12345

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,

I think all but means "almost or nearly"

If I am right, does the following sentence make sense?

Despite an agreement between labor and management to keep the print and electronic media___ developments, the details of the negotiations were___
all but a few journalists from the major metropolitian newspapers.

I fill the blanks with "abreast of", and "disclosed to".

It is a sentence from GRE test.

Thank you.

Gil
 
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  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    It looks like you're missing a word: secret, perhaps, or confidential.

    Despite an agreement between labor and management to keep the print and electronic media developments secret/confidential, the details of the negotiations were disclosed to all but a few journalists from the major metropolitian newspapers.

    All but a few journalists means to "[almost all/nearly all] the journalists.
     
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