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but

English translation of but

goal

In French, 'but' is used as 'goal' in English. It is used in reference to an aim or desired result. For example, in the context of a sport like football or a personal ambition. It can also represent the object of a person's ambition or effort.


Example sentences using: but

Je voulais le faire, mais j’ai oublié.

English translation of Je voulais le faire, mais j’ai oublié.

I wanted to do it, but I forgot.

This sentence expresses intention thwarted by forgetfulness. 'But' signifies the conflict between the intention and the outcome.

Je voudrais aller, mais j'ai un examen demain.

English translation of Je voudrais aller, mais j'ai un examen demain.

I would like to go, but I have an exam tomorrow.

This sentence is an illustration of making choices or showing conflicts in desires. The conjunction 'but' introduces a contrast or exception to the initial statement.

Elle est intelligente mais paresseuse.

English translation of Elle est intelligente mais paresseuse.

She is intelligent but lazy.

This example is used to contrast two qualities or characteristics of the same person, again showing the use of 'but' as a conjunction to introduce contrasting ideas.

Il est vieux, mais il est en forme.

English translation of Il est vieux, mais il est en forme.

He is old but he is fit.

This sentence contrasts two aspects of the same subject. The 'but' conjunction shows the unexpected fitness despite age.

Ce n'est pas cher, mais c'est de bonne qualité.

English translation of Ce n'est pas cher, mais c'est de bonne qualité.

It's not expensive, but it's good quality.

This sentence shows that despite being inexpensive, the item is of good quality.

J’adore le café, mais il me rend nerveux.

English translation of J’adore le café, mais il me rend nerveux.

I love coffee, but it makes me nervous.

The sentence expresses a love for coffee despite its side effect. The word 'but' contrasts the affection for coffee and the unwanted result consumption brings.

Il n'est pas riche, mais il est content.

English translation of Il n'est pas riche, mais il est content.

He is not rich, but he is happy.

This phrase contrasts financial status with personal contentment.

Il a fait froid, mais il n'a pas neigé.

English translation of Il a fait froid, mais il n'a pas neigé.

It was cold but it did not snow.

This sentence contrasts the expectation of snow with the reality of the weather.

J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai pas trouvé.

English translation of J'ai cherché partout, mais je ne l'ai pas trouvé.

I searched everywhere but I did not find it.

This sentence shows how 'but' can portray an unsuccessful effort despite extensive searching.

Je suis fatigué, mais je dois finir ce travail.

English translation of Je suis fatigué, mais je dois finir ce travail.

I am tired but I have to finish this work.

This sentence illustrates a situation where there is an obligation that needs fulfilling despite one's state of fatigue.

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