speak chinese like a native

but, although, however

Posted by thecomakid March 25, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

I'm under the impression that 可是 and 但是 are pretty much interchangeable ways of saying "but" (although 可是 is a bit more emphatic, like "however") - is this correct?

I've also seen both used without the 是 to mean "but," so when do/can I drop the shi?

Recently I've come across 却 "yet" (?) in my studies, which is sometimes partnered with 但是 and sometimes not.

Is there any chance of some example sentences to explain when and how to use 却 and if/what the difference is when used with 但是?

Also are there any other useful words for giving contrasting ideas?

Many thanks for any help.

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