The many "but"s

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The many "but"s

Post by Sunny Pig » Thu 02.10.2005 12:58 am

こんにちは、皆さん。

What, if any, are the explicit differences between 「でも」,「しかし」,「けど」and「が」when these are used to express contradiction?

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RE: The many "but"s

Post by clay » Fri 02.11.2005 2:45 pm

Sunny Pig wrote:
こんにちは、皆さん。

What, if any, are the explicit differences between 「でも」,「しかし」,「けど」and「が」when these are used to express contradiction?

ありがとうございます。
Good question. Here are my thoughts without asking my wife (watch for errors!)

I bet you けど and が are used almost interchangeably.
行きたいですけど、行けない。 ikitai desu kedo, ikenai. I'd like to go, but I can't.
行きたいですが、行けない。 ikitai desu ga, ikenai.

Maybe GA is a little stronger than けど.

And でも and しかし both start a sentence and show contradiction about what was just said.

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RE: The many "but"s

Post by Spaztick » Fri 02.11.2005 3:48 pm

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RE: The many "but"s

Post by Sunny Pig » Fri 02.11.2005 10:49 pm

そうか。もう一度ありがとうございました、クレイさん。ご親切に助かりました。
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RE: The many "but"s

Post by sampaguita » Fri 02.18.2005 11:13 pm

Hi! "Shikashi" is bookish. "Demo" can be used at the start of the sentence. "Ga", "kedo", "keredo", "keredomo" are used at the start of the qualified statement (?). For example, "I am young, but I am not pretty," can be translated as "Watashi wa wakai desu ga, kirei ja arimasen," "Watashi wa wakai kedo, kirei ja arimasen," or "Watashi wa wakai desu. Demo, kirei ja arimasen."

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RE: Another "but"

Post by Sunny Pig » Sat 02.19.2005 9:19 am

I found another conjunction which means "but" - 但し(ただし)
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