Example sentences of "not [been] for [det] [noun] " in BNC.

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1 ‘ Had it not been for that publication Sally might have avoided that almost overwhelming sea of troubles which resulted from harmlessly intended praise . ’
2 ‘ owing to the presence of which ’ This point is normally covered in any witness statement that might be available , viz. ‘ I saw four vehicles were involved etc. ’ or ‘ if it had not been for that vehicle the accident would not have happened ’ .
3 Had it not been for another round of cost cutting , the group would have crept back into the black last year .
4 They have not been for some time except to people who still remember The Beatles and The Animals .
5 ‘ Sir , ’ he said to the court , ‘ I would be a dead man by now if it had not been for this gentleman . ’
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