"I do not drink milk, but water instead."

January 15, 2013


Does "Eu nao bebo leite, mas em vez de agua" have the same meaning?

February 2, 2013

No. That means: "i dont drink milk, but instead of water". Does make much sense.

February 27, 2013

So is 'mas' also used as 'instead'?

January 15, 2013
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No, "mas" is the translation of "but". The equivalent of instead is "em vez" / "ao invés", but they're comparative terms and can't be used at the end of a sentence without an object. To make sense you would have to say either "Eu bebo água em vez de leite", or "Eu não bebo leite, mas água em vez disso" (disso is referring to leite).

January 15, 2013
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