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Comparing Buts: 但 and 却
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ID: QW0160 Intermediate
Sure, you've known for quite a while that 但 (dàn) and 但是 (dànshì) both mean "but." But what about that pesky word 却 (què)? It's an adverb rather than a conjunction, but what does that mean, exactly? Tune in to this lesson on Chinese grammar to find the answers to these burning questions.
Sat Aug 07 2010 | John, Connie, Liliana
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wǒ hěn chǒu ，dànshì wǒ hěn wēnróu 。
I'm ugly, but I'm gentle.
tā Zhōngwén shuō de hěn hǎo ，dànshì tā bù huì xiě hànzì 。
He speaks Chinese well, but he can't write Chinese characters.
chòu dòufu hěn chòu ，dànshì hěn hǎochī 。
Stinky tofu is stinky, but it's delicious.
tā míngmíng zài jiā ，què bù jiē diànhuà 。
She's clearly home, but doesn't answer the phone.
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