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but

conjunction
 
 
strong /bʌt/ weak /bət/
OPPOSITE INFORMATION A1 used to introduce something new that you say, especially something that is different or the opposite from what you have just said: I'd drive you there, but I don't have my car. The tickets were expensive, but the kids really enjoyed it.Connecting words which express a contrast
EXPLAINING WHY used before you say why something did not happen or is not true: I was going to go to his party, but I was sick.Connecting words which express a contrast
SHOWING SURPRISE used to show that you are surprised about what someone has just said: 'Tim is leaving.' 'But why?'Feelings of surprise and amazement
CONNECTING PHRASES used to connect 'excuse me' or 'I'm sorry' with what you say next: Excuse me, but would you mind shutting the door?Polite expressions
Translations of “but”
in Korean 그러나…
in Arabic ولَكِن…
in French mais…
in Turkish fakat, ancak, ama…
in Italian ma, però…
in Chinese (Traditional) 但是,不過, 而, 相反…
in Russian но…
in Polish ale…
in Spanish pero…
in Portuguese mas…
in German aber…
in Catalan però…
in Japanese しかし, だが…
in Chinese (Simplified) 但是,不过, 而, 相反…
(Definition of but conjunction from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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