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but
[bʌt]
preposition
1. salvo, excepto (except)
  • any day but tomorrow cualquier día salvo mañana
  • it's nothing but prejudice no son más que prejuicios
  • she is anything but stupid es todo menos tonta
  • but for de no ser por, si no es por
  • the last but one el/la penúltimo(a)
  • the next but one el próximo no, el otro
adverb
2. (Formal)
  • he is but a child no es más que un niño
  • had I but known! ¡si lo hubiera sabido!
  • one can but try al menos, se debe intentar
conjunction
3. pero (in general)
  • small but strong pequeño, pero fuerte
  • I told her to do it but she refused le dije que lo hiciera, pero se negó
  • but I tell you I saw it! ¡te aseguro que lo vi!
  • what could I do but invite him? ¿qué otra cosa podía hacer más que invitarlo?
4. sino (direct contrast)
  • not once but twice no una vez sino dos
noun
también:
  • no buts! ¡no hay peros que valgan!
but [bʌt]
conjunction
1 (contrasting) pero
she was poor but she was honest era pobre pero honrada; I want to go but I can't afford it quiero ir, pero no tengo el dinero; but it does move! ¡pero sí se mueve!
2 (in direct contradiction) sino
he's not Spanish but Italian no es español sino italiano
he didn't sing but he shouted no cantó sino que gritó
3 (subordinating)
we never go out but it rains nunca salimos sin que llueva
I never go there but I think of you nunca voy allá sin pensar en ti
it never rains but it pours llueve sobre mojado
4 (as linker)
but then he couldn't have known por otro lado, no podía saber or haberlo sabido
but then you must be my cousin! ¡entonces tú debes ser mi primo!
adverb
(only) solo; sólo; solamente; (no more than) no más que
In the past the standard spelling for [solo] as an adverb was with an accent ([sólo]). Nowadays the [Real Academia Española] advises that the accented form is only required where there might otherwise be confusion with the adjective [solo].
if I could but speak to him si solamente or solo pudiese hablar con él
you can but try con intentar no se pierde nada
one cannot but admire him no se puede sino admirarle; she's but a child no es más que una niña
all but naked casi desnudo
had I but known de haberlo sabido (yo); si lo hubiera sabido
preposition
(except) menos; excepto; salvo
anything but that cualquier cosa menos eso
everyone but him todos menos él
but for you si no fuera por ti
the last but one el/la penúltimoapenúltima;a penúltima
the last but three el tercero antes del último
there is nothing for it but to pay up no hay más remedio que pagar
who but she could have said something like that? ¿quién sino ella podría haber dicho semejante cosa?
noun
pero (m); objeción (f)
no buts about it! ¡no hay pero que valga!
come on, no buts, off to bed with you! ¡vale ya! no hay pero que valga, ¡a la cama!
There are three main ways of translating the conjunction but: pero, sino and sino que.
Contrasting
To introduce a contrast or a new idea, use pero:
Strange but interesting Extraño pero interesante
I thought he would help me but he refused Creí que me ayudaría, pero se negó
In informal language, pero can be used at the start of a comment:
But where are you going to put it? Pero ¿dónde lo vas a poner?
In formal language, sin embargo or no obstante may be preferred:
But, in spite of the likely benefits, he still opposed the idea Sin embargo or No obstante, a pesar de las probables ventajas, todavía se oponía a la idea
Correcting a previous negative
When but or but rather introduces a noun phrase, prepositional phrase or verb in the infinitive which corrects a previous negative, translate but using sino:
Not wine, but vinegar No vino, sino vinagre
They aren't from Seville, but from Bilbao No son de Sevilla, sino de Bilbao
His trip to London was not to investigate the case but to hush it up Su viaje a Londres no fue para investigar el caso sino para taparlo
When but or but rather introduces a verb clause (or requires a verb clause in Spanish) which corrects a previous negative, translate using sino que:
He's not asking you to do what he says but (rather) to listen to him No te pide que hagas lo que él dice, sino que le escuches
Not only ... but also
When the but also part of this construction contains subject + verb, translate using no solo or no sólo or no solamente ... sino que también or sino que además:
It will not only cause tension, but it will also damage the economy No solo or No sólo or No solamente provocará tensiones, sino que además or sino que también dañará la economía
When the but also part does not contain subject + verb, translate using no solo or no sólo or no solamente ... sino también or sino además:
Not only rich but also powerful No solo or No sólo or No solamente rico sino también or sino además poderoso
We don't only want to negotiate but also to take decisions No queremos solo or sóloor solamente negociar, sino también tomar decisiones
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