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adv. but, however
Discussion of 却/卻
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Why are there so many words for "but"?
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The correlative adverb 却 is used in the second clause of a complex sentence indicating adversativity. Its position should be between the subject and the predicate. For example:
E.g.1 最初我不了解中国,最后我却爱上了她。 [phr] At first I didn't understand China, but I love her very much in the end.
E.g.2 我帮了他三个多小时的忙,他却一句“谢谢”都没说。 [phr] I helped him for over three hours, but he didn’t even say “thanks” (to me).
When 但是 is used, 却 can still be used after it, in the same adversative clause. For example:
E.g.3 战士在战斗中战胜了敌人,但是他却牺牲了。 [phr] The enemy was defeated by the soldier who lost his life.
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