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How is this different to 但是 (dan shi)?
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There's not so much of a difference. In most cases, they are interchangeable.
1. 虽然...，但是... In this structure, 但是 is more often used than 可是
2. 但是 and 可是 are both transitional words, but 但是 carries a stronger tone. When the speaker is more sure or more confident, 但是 is used. When the speaker is not quite sure, but still wants to express transition, 可是 is used.
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