2 preguntas: sin y pero/ placement of ?no? before verb

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I know there was a post some time ago about when to use 'sin' and when to use 'pero' but I can't find it. I want to say "Por varios días no tuvimos que a nada sin (o pero') comida y agua." (For several days we had to live on nothing but food and water) Also, is the placement of the negative "no" correct? When there are two verbs (tuvimos que and vivir) does the 'no' go before tuvimos or before vivir? smile

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updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by Victoria-Peters

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Okay, I should have explained that this is a famous W.C.Fields quote that goes: "Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Someone forgot to bring the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water." My weekly spanish coffee group likes to translate stuff like this.cool smirk

updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by Victoria-Peters
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I know there was a post some time ago about when to use 'sin' and when to use 'pero' but I can't find it. I want to say "Por varios días no tuvimos que a nada sin (o pero') comida y agua." (For several days we had to live on nothing but food and water) Also, is the placement of the negative "no" correct? When there are two verbs (tuvimos que and vivir) does the 'no' go before tuvimos or before vivir? smile

Here is the link to the previous post you mentioned above.

pero v sino

updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by Eddy
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(For several days we had to live on nothing but food and water)

Isn't food and water enough to live on'

updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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Victoria,

'Por varios días no tuvimos que a nada sin (o pero') comida y agua.?

Are you trying to say "...without food and water..." or "...but food and water..."?
I may be missing something in your question, but for days all we had to live on was food and water seems odd. Besides clothing and shelter what else do you need? I am just trying to understand the question better and see if I am mising something.

updated MAY 19, 2009
posted by Vance-Moore2