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"It is not so much the language as the cultural background that makes the book difficult to understand."

Can I change "as" to "but"?

But on the second thought, I feel if I did, the meaning of the sentence maybe will be changed. Although I don't know how.
 

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"It is not so much the language as the cultural background that makes the book difficult to understand."

Can I change "as" to "but"?

But on the second thought, I feel if I did, the meaning of the sentence maybe will be changed. Although I don't know how.

Leave it with "as".
 

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It is better with as. If you changed it to but, you would be reducing the language element further IMO, but it doesn't read well.
 
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