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    but / however

    Hello,

    what's the difference between but and however?

    I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
    I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

    Kind regards,
    Dany

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    Re: but / however

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello,

    what's the difference between but and however?

    I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
    I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

    Kind regards,
    Dany

    There should be a comma after "however".

    I learned French easily. However, I didn't like my teacher.

    With "however", a semicolon can be used to keep both clauses as one sentence.

    I learned French easily; however, I didn't like my teacher.

    I think they're really the same. I can say that "but" sounds more ordinary, whereas "however" sounds more like writing. It has just a bit more of a formal edge to it. However, that doesn't mean it's used only in formal language and writing. It's a regular word.

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    Re: but / however

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello,

    what's the difference between but and however?

    I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
    I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

    Kind regards,
    Dany

    There should be a comma after "however".

    I learned French easily. However, I didn't like my teacher.

    With "however", a semicolon can be used to keep both clauses as one sentence.

    I learned French easily; however, I didn't like my teacher.

    I think they're really the same. I can say that "but" sounds more ordinary, whereas "however" sounds more like writing. It has just a bit more of a formal edge to it. However, that doesn't mean it's used only in formal language and writing. It's a regular word.
    Thanks for your help :D

    Kind regards,
    Dany

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