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haseli22

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Dear native speakers,

In the following sentence why has "but" been used and not "and"?

Time separates the best of friends, but so does money--and marriage.

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The word 'and' makes perfect sense there, as you thought.

Think of the quoted sentence like this:

'Time separates the best of friends, but that's not the only thing [that separates the best of friends]: so does money — and marriage.'

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haseli22

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THanks for your reply, but would you please elucidate a little bit more why and is not suitable here?
 

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It's perfectly suitable!

I said 'and' makes perfect sense there. I tried to explain why the writer chose 'but'.

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