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    #1

    however / but

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/but_1

    * used to introduce a statement that explains why the thing you have mentioned did not happen or is not possible:

    - I'd like to go but I'm too busy.

    I would like to ask if we can use 'however' instead of 'but' in that sentence or not.

    - I'd like to go; however, I'm too busy.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: however / but

    They're both grammatical and perfectly acceptable. I'm not a big fan of semi-colons so I would write your second example as "I'd like to go. However, I'm too busy". Yours is OK though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: however / but

    I like the semicolon.

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