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不是...而是...
bú shì ... ér shì ...
phr. indicate that something is this and not that, is not...but...
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不是...,而是... connects two clauses in a complex sentence (the order of the two clauses is fixed). This indicates the negation of the first clause and the confirmation of the second one. Neither 不是 nor 而是 can be omitted from this structure.
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