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    Smile Hey guys, is this sentence incorrect?

    Hey guys,

    I have a quick question regarding a sentence I read the other day:

    “I really like her but she is pretty”

    Is this incorrect? I thought the statement after the word ‘but’ should contradict the statement before it. E.g.: ‘I really like her but she isn’t very pretty’.

    Thank you for any help, I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Hey guys, is this sentence incorrect?

    Not a teacher.

    The sentence does not make sense. Being "pretty" is not usually a contradiction to liking someone.

    "I really like her, but she's got bad breath." makes more sense.

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    Re: Hey guys, is this sentence incorrect?

    I agree. It makes no sense to word it like that.

    I really like her because she is pretty.

    I really like her and she is pretty.

    I really like her but she isn't pretty.

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    Re: Hey guys, is this sentence incorrect?

    "But" isn't always (colloquially) adversative - 'God, but you're beautiful when you're angry'. This sort of "but" implies '[You're always attractive] but you're [really] beautiful when you're angry'. So, in colloquial cases, if punctuated, this would make sense: “I really like her... but she is pretty”.

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    PS Didn't the Joker, in The Dark Knight, say 'God, but I'm clever!'?
    Last edited by BobK; 05-Aug-2010 at 14:31. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Hey guys, is this sentence incorrect?

    Maybe he has very low self-esteem.

    I like her, but she's pretty (and therefore too good for someone like me).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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