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    "It is not so much the language as the cultural background that makes the book difficult to understand."

    Can I change "as" to "but"?

    But on the second thought, I feel if I did, the meaning of the sentence maybe will be changed. Although I don't know how.

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    Default Re: as/but

    Quote Originally Posted by *^^* View Post
    "It is not so much the language as the cultural background that makes the book difficult to understand."

    Can I change "as" to "but"?

    But on the second thought, I feel if I did, the meaning of the sentence maybe will be changed. Although I don't know how.
    Leave it with "as".

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    Default Re: as/but

    It is better with as. If you changed it to but, you would be reducing the language element further IMO, but it doesn't read well.

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