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

July 21, 2016


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.

July 21, 2016

thank you :)

July 22, 2016

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.

July 22, 2016

Molte grazie, mi ha aiutato davvero tanto!

May 29, 2017

very helpful, thanks!

August 6, 2018

I tend to think of Oppure as

"Or else" / "Or otherwise"

It literally comes from "O" (or) +"Pure" (even)

July 22, 2016

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).

July 22, 2016

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.

July 21, 2016

ok thank you

July 21, 2016

if someone has an explication for this pls say me what is difference between them

July 21, 2016

JR Nogal has given the answer

July 28, 2016
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