# "There is no mother but loves her child." In this sentence, what type of part of speech is 'but'? Could you please explain your answer?

Oct 31, 2017

This 'but' is a pseudo relative pronoun.

#### Explanation:

Though 'but' is usually a conjunction, 'but' in this sentence is followed by a verb 'love(s)' and works as a pronoun. This can be regarded as a pronoun.

You can replace this 'but' with a relative pronoun and negative word.

$=$There is no mother who does not love her child.

Other example:
"There is no rule but has some exceptions." means that every rule has some exceptions.