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# what does "have all but eliminated " mean in this

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what does "have all but eliminated " mean in this [#permalink]

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25 Oct 2007, 22:34
Traffic congestion, longer commuting trips, and the growing demand for housing have all but eliminated the cost advantage of owning a house in many rural communities
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26 Oct 2007, 04:43
rakesh_chi wrote:
Traffic congestion, longer commuting trips, and the growing demand for housing have all but eliminated the cost advantage of owning a house in many rural communities

- It means first 3 factor which are traffic congestion, longer commuting trips, growing demand for housing - have all eliminated.

But cost is the only factor which is not eliminated.. perhaps due to cheaper cost in ruler places.

please correct me if I am wrong.
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26 Oct 2007, 13:25
rakesh_chi wrote:
Traffic congestion, longer commuting trips, and the growing demand for housing have all but eliminated the cost advantage of owning a house in many rural communities

"all but eliminated" = "almost completely eliminated."
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