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    Default The woman wanted the blue bag, but the red one at first.

    Does the sentence in the title sound all right?
    It is in a textbook, which says it means the woman wanted the blue bag, not the red one at first.
    Can "but" be used in that way, or can it be that it's just a misprint?
    I'd appreciate your help.

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    Default Re: The woman wanted the blue bag, but the red one at first.

    Quote Originally Posted by sora1999 View Post
    Does the sentence in the title sound all right?
    It is in a textbook, which says it means the woman wanted the blue bag, not the red one at first.
    Can "but" be used in that way, or can it be that it's just a misprint?
    I'd appreciate your help.
    No, it's not right.

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    Default Re: The woman wanted the blue bag, but the red one at first.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not right.
    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: The woman wanted the blue bag, but the red one at first.

    You could say not the blue bag but.... However this may sound a bit old-fashioned.

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