https://www.duolingo.com/FrancesVan12

I Have a Serious Question

Do you say aber or sondern? I have been fretting about this in many questions even though I learned it long ago, can someone help me?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
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It depends on the sentence.

Du bist nicht klug, sondern sehr klug.

Ich bin klug, aber du bist klüger als ich.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Thanks Heike, I added those two sentences to my Anki German Flashcards.

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https://www.duolingo.com/FrancesVan12

Thank you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414
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‘Sondern’ is when you say not one thing, but another.

Eg. “Nicht einen Hund, sondern eine Katze”

Pretty much everywhere else you just use aber.

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https://www.duolingo.com/FrancesVan12

Danke, das ist eine sehr gut explanation! - -FrancesVan12.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Good to see you EpicRuler!

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This might also help: Using Heike's clever example sentences ;D (thanks Heike) ' Translated ' into English the way I understand both English (as a native + lived in Germany over a decade)

You aren't smart, 'but rather' very smart . Du bist nicht klug, 'sondern' sehr klug.

I am smart, 'but' you are smarter than I am. Ich bin klug, 'aber' du bist klüger als ich.

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Hi Frances,
As far as I know,

Sondern = Rather
Aber = But

Examples:

Du bist nicht eine Frau, sondern ein Mann
(You are not a woman, but rather man)

Sie ist nicht eine Katze, sondern ein Hund
(She is not a cat, but rather a dog)

Du bist gut, aber ich bin nicht so gut
(You are good, but I am not so good)

Er ist groß, aber nicht alt
(He is big, but not old)

(Hope I got these right! Corrections, please.)
Hope this helps! :D AP4418

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