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"But" is a conjunction which is often translated as "pero", and "however" is an adverb which is often translated as "sin embargo". Learn more about the difference between "but" and "however" 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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however(
hau
-
eh
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vuhr
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (nevertheless)
a. sin embargo
I like listening to music; however, I don't like going to concerts.Me gusta escuchar música; sin embargo, no me gusta ir a conciertos.
b. no obstante
I love reading; however, I don't like non-fiction books.Me encanta leer; no obstante, no me gustan los libros factuales.
2. (no matter how)
a. sin importar
However hard it is, I choose to forgive.Sin importar lo duro que sea, elijo perdonar.
b. por
However cold it is, I'm going to go running.Por mucho frío que haga, voy a salir a correr.
3. (how)
a. cómo
However did you get there?¿Cómo llegaste ahí?
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (as)
a. como
Do your hair however you like.Péinate como tú quieras.
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