"A táskában nem kicsi autók vannak, hanem almák."
Translation:There are no small cars in the bag, but apples.
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Well, if you notice in your own last sentence, you also used "not" instead of "no". If it is a "NOT A BUT B" type of sentence, which this one is, it has to be "not". There is no question about it.
"There are no small cars in the bag." sounds good, yes. IF there is no "but"! My last sentence above was only an attempt to make it clearer why it must be "not".
And Hungarian can also only use "nincsenek" if there is no "but", that is, no contrasting clause. It was explained several times in earlier discussions why nincsenek cannot be used here. You can probably find some of them by searching for "nincs".
Yes, I used not, as this was the word I was specifically trying to introduce in my sentence, and for that I thought I had to build a NOT A BUT B clause. Now I detect an interesting hint about a search capability here. I am not aware of it. Where can I find and use it? Thanks again for spending the time and answering all my questions. It is highly appreciated.
No problem at all, my pleasure. Again, what I was trying to say is that we have to use "not" here. But we agree that a different word order is much better in the English sentence.
On search, you can go to the Discussion tab, select Hungarian on the right side, then you will have a tab for Sentences. And there is a search feature for these discussions. Write me directly if you need more detailed directions.