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    #1

    I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    I have understood function of 'but' as conversing the meaning of former setence.
    However, I am embarrased at seeing a sentence.

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    China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint, but
    to Washington's humiliation has refused to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean
    ship in March 2010.
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    As I understand, in that sentence I think 'but' doesn't have any meaning or function.

    I take in
    restraint = refused to blame
    So I think 'and' is appropriate instead of 'but'

    But I am not a native, so what do I miss?

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    #2

    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    Hello.

    *I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER.*

    The conjunction, "but", is used to point out China's contradictory behavior, i.e. urging all sides to show restraint but refusing to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean ship.
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 27-May-2014 at 08:18. Reason: Typo corrected: restrain -> restraint.

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    #3

    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by majinman View Post
    I have understood function of 'but' as conversing the meaning of former setence.
    However, I am embarrased at seeing a sentence.

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    China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint, but
    to Washington's humiliation has refused to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean
    ship in March 2010.
    --------------------------------------

    As I understand, in that sentence I think 'but' doesn't have any meaning or function.

    I take in
    restraint = refused to blame
    So I think 'and' is appropriate instead of 'but'

    But I am not a native, so what do I miss?

    '

    I
    Hi :)

    I'm not an expert at English too but here's how I understood it:

    China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint, but
    to Washington's humiliation has refused to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean
    ship in March 2010.

    "but to Washington's humiliation" is just an additional phrase for readers to know that Washington was humiliated because China refused to blame North Korea for sinking.....etc.

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    #4

    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    I would be clearer punctuated like this: "China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint but, to Washington's humiliation, has refused to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean ship in March 2010."

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    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    then, 'but' doesn't function of reversing the setence "China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint" ?
    and is China's attitude consistent?

    I mean "China's urging ~ " has equal meaning with "refused to blame ~"?

    And then, following setence has equal meaning with original sentence?
    To Washington's humiliation, China has made a public show over the past two weeks of urging all sides to show restraint,
    and refused to blame North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean ship in March 2010.

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    #6

    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with you.

    The refusal to blame North Korea for the sinking of the South Korean ship displays restraint.

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    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    I'd guess that the intended meaning relies on who wrote it, and for which audience. For Washington, China "showing restraint" might include its admission that North Korea sank the South Korean vessel.
    I think it's a case for Discourse Analysis or pragmatics rather than grammar.

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    #8

    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    So hard to learn English....

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    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    Nobody said it was easy.

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    Re: I can't understand the meaning of 'but' in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by majinman View Post
    So hard to learn English....
    And learning Korean is easy?

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