In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(however)perohe nodded, but he didn't say anything — asintió, pero no dijo nada
- she was fired, but they were not — la despidieron a ella pero no a ellos
- everybody, but everybody knows that — eso no hay nadie que no lo sepa
- you're really bugging me but good! — ¡qué manera de darme la lata!
1.2(used for introductory emphasis)perobut what made you say it? — ¿pero por qué lo dijiste?
- but that's miles away! — ¡pero eso queda lejísimos!
- surely he doesn't believe that? — oh, but he does! — no puede ser que se crea eso — pues sí que se lo cree
- I was slow to acknowledge their response as I broke my leg, but thank you, one and all.
- It is also very funny, but don't be surprised if you have to cross a protest line to see it.
- But, without the need for slaughterhouse nor butcher.
- We did not know what to expect, but what a fantastic surprise night, it was a real thrill.
- But I was trying to prove my point and the only way to do that was to speak French.
1.3but then — pero
- but then you never were very ambitious, were you? — pero la verdad es que tú nunca fuiste muy ambicioso ¿no?
- but then he must have lied to us! — ¡pero entonces nos debe haber mentido!
- I don't want to, but then again I do — no quiero, pero a la vez / al mismo tiempo sí quiero
- I know that at least two other ladies have also had falls down there but not been as seriously injured.
- We continued to talk all though the lesson, but there was no mention of the dance.
- In that Washington heat it seemed to take forever, but was still delicious an hour or so later.
- It was a little different to what I would normally eat at home but it was delicious.
- He could lower prices to increase the audience, but income would fall dramatically.
- Sure, most of the produce is much cheaper, but a lot of it isn't organically grown.
- I was quite happy being a mum, but I fell into it and it has just gone from there.
- I believe leaving the bases will be a cheaper option but also help North Sea fish stocks.
- I'm sure this has been pointed out a million times already but I feel that I have to as well.
- This is fine in principle, but much depends on the more precise meaning given to the idea of abuse.
- On the subject of value for money, Prestonfield may not be cheap, but it is not outlandish.
- It was a scene which could have come out of a cheap thriller - but there was a difference.
- It was deserted and I didn't see a soul, but I did stumble across a bunch of Red Deer in a meadow.
- Once you have paid the entrance fee, you feel you deserve a cracking day out, it is not cheap but it is worth it.
- We can destroy with a cutting quip or a damning phrase but nobody expects us to create.
- I would have liked to have had a longer deal but the get out clauses were prohibitive.
- The parliament's visit to Aberdeen last week was not cheap, but it was money well spent.
- To develop a production facility in Ireland means a cheaper unit cost but do sales justify it?
- The riverside bar can not have been cheap to open, but the chain is more than reaping its reward now.
- Now, everyone in the group knows about these things, but they are never mentioned.
2.1not ... but ... — no ... sino ...
- it wasn't her but Sheila who told me — no fue ella sino Sheila quien me lo dijo
- it appears that she's not Greek but Albanian — parece que no es griega, sino albanesa
- not only did she hit him, but she also ... — no solo le pegó, sino que también ...
2.2(without)not a day passes but I'm reminded of him — no pasa un solo día sin que me acuerde de él
- It never rains but it pours.
- Her Own Tribesmen Never but Say Her Age Is 300 Years.
- I did read the names that one time, and never but that one time.
3.1usually with negative but that
- I don't doubt but that it's the right thing to do — no dudo que sea lo correcto
- who knows but that he may come? — ¿quién sabe?, quizás venga
3.2usually with negative but what
- I don't doubt but what you are right — no dudo que tengas razón
1(except)everyone but me — todos menos / excepto / salvo yo
- nobody's been told but you and me — no se le ha dicho a nadie excepto / salvo a ti y a mí
- the last street but one — la penúltima calle
- the next street but one — la próxima calle no: la siguiente
- who but she could help us? — ¿quién sino ella podría ayudarnos?
- I had no alternative but to leave — no me quedó otra alternativa que irme
- there's nothing we can do but wait — lo único que podemos hacer es esperar
- but for them/their help, we'd have lost all our money — de no haber sido por ellos/por su ayuda / si no hubiera sido por ellos/por su ayuda, habríamos perdido todo nuestro dinero
1we can but try — con intentarlo no se pierde nada
- he's still but a child — aún no es más que un niño
- one cannot but admire her audacity — uno no puede (por) menos que admirar su audacia
- they cannot but be right — tienen que estar en lo cierto
1pero masculinono buts: come here at once! — no hay pero que valga, ¡ven aquí inmediatamente!
- but, and this is a big but, ... — pero, y este es un gran pero ...
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