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    "but" and "besides"

    Dear teachers,

    Someone said "I hadn't really heard of the Lunar New Year until I moved to Asia, because I'm from a very small town in the United States, we don't have a lot of outside cultures there. Now that I'm here, I'd really like to celebrate but having a big meal with my friends."

    I have a few questions about the word but there.

    1. Is he saying that he'd like to celebrate everying except having a big meal with his friend, he'd like to celebrate everything, but not having a big meal with his friends?

    2. Because "besides" could mean "except" and "in addition to", would the meaning of the whole sentence have been unclear if he'd said "I'd really like to celebrate besides having a big meal with my friends"?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Heidi L; 02-Apr-2014 at 23:19. Reason: making my questions more clear

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    Re: "but" and "besides"

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    I can't help feeling that he meant 'I'd really like to celebrate by having a big meal with my friends'.



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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Apr-2014 at 23:06.

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    Re: "but" and "besides"

    Yes, that makes sense. Thank you!

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