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"But" is a conjunction which is often translated as "pero", and "despite" is a preposition which is often translated as "a pesar de". Learn more about the difference between "but" and "despite" below.
but(
buht
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (used to express a contrasting statement)
a. pero
I want to go, but it's really far.Quiero ir pero es muy lejos.
b. sino
He wasn't from New York, but from New Jersey.No era de Nueva York, sino de Nueva Jersey.
2. (emphatic)
a. pero
But it is still too early to go to bed!¡Pero si aún es muy temprano para acostarse!
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (only)
a. no ser más que
She is but a poor philosopher.No es más que una pobre filósofa.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (except)
a. salvo
I have read all his books but the last one.He leído todos sus libros salvo el último.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (objection)
a. pero
I don't want any buts or excuses.No quiero ni peros ni excusas.
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despite(
dih
-
spayt
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in spite of)
a. a pesar de
She was the one who paid the rent, despite having a much lower income.Era ella quien pagaba el alquiler, a pesar de tener unos ingresos mucho más bajos.
b. pese a
Obama signed sanctions against Venezuela despite threats from Maduro.Obama firmó sanciones contra Venezuela pese a las amenazas de Maduro.
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