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Old 30.08.2004, 08:55   #1
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Lightbulb "However" in place of "But."

American Heritage Dictionary says it, but this explanation of "But" usage as a
preposition and the change of pronoun cases does not have any bearing on how "However" is used in place of "But."

Use "But" as a coordinate conjunction to join two independent clauses (simple
sentences).

Use "However" either as a conjunctive adverb (after semicolon in a compound sentence) or as an expression to introduce transition of ideas. If the first sentence is too long (more than 15-20 words with lots of intervening adjective phrases, adverbial phrases), you can start the second sentence with "However." Note that "However" is an adverb - it is called conjunctive adverb because it serves the purpose of a conjunction in a compound sentence by joining two independent clauses (independent ideas).

However, you can use "However" to start a sentence.
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Old 30.08.2004, 10:03   #2
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Nu da.... So what?
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so what of it all or why the dictionary does not provide pointers for this?
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