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  • Philip M Russell

Speaking better English - alternatives to "but"

Updated: May 26, 2021

When getting to grips with a new language, repetition is the key.

Once you learn a new word or phrase, try to use it straight away. Then look to work that new word or phrase into a conversation whenever you can; And keep doing so until it begins to feel comfortable.

Speaking better English - alternatives to "but"
Speaking better English - alternatives to "but"

Let's try some of these.

Some words in English can get used a little too often, making the speaker sound flat or monotonous. Spicing up your speech with a few alternatives can help maintain engagement with listeners.

An example of an overly used word is "but".

"But" is typically used to connect two sentences, with contrasting ideas or exceptions.

"The film had great special effects but no storyline"

"Well, she sounded like she was telling the truth, but I wasn't 100% sure."

"But really, would they do that?"

Instead of "but" consider using an alternate

  • Nonetheless

  • Whereas

  • However

  • Otherwise

  • Yet

  • Still

  • Nevertheless

  • Notwithstanding

Try adding some of these words to 'My List' in the practice area of the app. Once you're happy saying them individually, drop them into a conversation.

If you would like to to get the app and try it out on your Android or Apple phone or iPad then visit

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