But for / If not for


Please let me know the differences, if any, between "but for" and "if not for".  Are there any restrictions of tenses being used with them?  Are these sentences correct? 1.  But for our unity, peace is not possible. 2.  If not for the students, who is going to clean the compound? 

asked Dec 04 '11 at 04:26 Z. A. Jazley Expert

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