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    But of course

    American moive- Django unchained

    A dentist bought a black slave whose name is Django from a slave trader. He asks Django to put on an acting for a valet.

    Django: What's valet?

    Dentist: a fancy name for servant. Don't break the character. Now go to choose your own costume.

    Django: You let me choose my own costume?

    Dentist: But of course.


    What does 'but' before 'of course' mean? Is there any different if I remove 'but' from 'but of course'?


    PS- I don't transcribe the lines veratin above.

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    Re: But of course

    You could think of "but" here as meaning that the dentist is a little surprised at the question. It doesn't change the meaning.

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    Re: But of course

    You use but to introduce a reply to someone when you want to indicate surprise, disbelief, refusal, or protest.

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...ry/english/but
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    Re: But of course

    "But of course" is stronger than "Yes."

    I suspect we got it from the French. They say
    Mais bien sr," which translates exactly.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: But of course

    Quote Originally Posted by tree123 View Post
    American movie- Source: Django Unchained, 2012

    A dentist bought a black slave whose name is Django from a slave trader. He asks Django to put on an acting a play for a valet.

    Django: What's a valet?
    Dentist: A fancy name for servant. Don't break the character. Now go to and choose your own costume.
    Django: You are going to let me choose my own costume?
    Dentist: But of course.

    What does 'but' before 'of course' mean? Is Would there be any difference if I removed 'but' from 'But of course'?

    PS- I don't haven't transcribed the lines verbatim above.
    Note my corrections above. Even if you aren't transcribing the dialogue verbatim, you should ensure that it's grammatically correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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