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Dany

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Hello,

what's the difference between but and however?

I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

Kind regards,
Dany
 

Steven D

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Dany said:
Hello,

what's the difference between but and however?

I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

Kind regards,
Dany


There should be a comma after "however".

I learned French easily. However, I didn't like my teacher.

With "however", a semicolon can be used to keep both clauses as one sentence.

I learned French easily; however, I didn't like my teacher.

I think they're really the same. I can say that "but" sounds more ordinary, whereas "however" sounds more like writing. It has just a bit more of a formal edge to it. However, that doesn't mean it's used only in formal language and writing. It's a regular word.
 

Dany

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Dany said:
Hello,

what's the difference between but and however?

I learnt French easily, but I didn't like my teacher.
I learnt French easily. However I didn't like my teacher.

Kind regards,
Dany


There should be a comma after "however".

I learned French easily. However, I didn't like my teacher.

With "however", a semicolon can be used to keep both clauses as one sentence.

I learned French easily; however, I didn't like my teacher.

I think they're really the same. I can say that "but" sounds more ordinary, whereas "however" sounds more like writing. It has just a bit more of a formal edge to it. However, that doesn't mean it's used only in formal language and writing. It's a regular word.

Thanks for your help :D

Kind regards,
Dany
 
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