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"But" is a conjunction which is often translated as "pero", and "except" is a preposition which is often translated as "excepto". Learn more about the difference between "but" and "except" below.
but(
buht
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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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except(
ehk
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sehpt
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (not including)
a. excepto
I have visited every country in Central America except Panama.He visitado todos los países centroamericanos, excepto Panamá.
b. salvo
I lost all of my keys except the one to my house.Perdí todas mis llaves salvo la de mi casa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to exclude)
a. exceptuar
People are just stupid, present company excepted, of course.La gente es tonta, exceptuando a los aquí presentes, claro.
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