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"The door is not green, but blue."

Translation:Die Tür ist nicht grün, sondern blau.

January 27, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Link_Xue

Can 'arber' be used in stead of 'sondern'? tks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

My dictionary says "but" is "aber", but it is "sondern" after a negation. So, if I get it right:

Die Tür ist alt, aber schön. (No negation.)

Die Tür ist nicht grün, sondern blau. (A negation.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FisherLiz

Thank you - useful explanation!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jalnt

A good way to think about it that I read on DuoLingo somewhere is that sondern = "but rather".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tzoustefanos

can we use kein in this sentence and if we do,how would it be?

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