what is the difference between oppure and o and bensi and my
Hello i have a question for the conjunction in Italian what is the difference between
appure and o (or)
bensi and ma (but)
pls answer if you know and thank you
Oppure is a sort of excludent or.
O is not excludent.
Possiamo mangiare manzo o pesce: We can either eat beef or fish (or both!)
Volete andare al cinema oppure a teatro? Do you preffer to go to movies or theater?
Bensi is used to deny a choice:
Non sono inglese bensi americano: I am not English but American
Non mi piace il manzo bensi la verdura. I don't like beef but I like vegetables.
Ma is a regular but:
È un libro lungo ma interesante: It is a long book, but it is interesting.
Right-- bensi is basically "but rather", priming you for another new option that will follow.
ma is more like "but however", so the statement that follows applies back to the original subject, instead of a different choice.
I tend to think of Oppure as
"Or else" / "Or otherwise"
It literally comes from "O" (or) +"Pure" (even)
I sometimes think of oppure as, "as opposed to...".
"I like to eat vegetables, as opposed to meat."
Instead of, "I like to eat vegetables or meat" (one or the other).
I'm not an Italian, nor very good at it, but once heard bensi' is far more formal and used less often than ma. What about o and oppure, they seem similiar for me.
if someone has an explication for this pls say me what is difference between them