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Use and to join similar ideas; use but to join contrasting ideas

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We use and to join similar ideas. We use but to join contrasting ideas.

Sample Usage

He is poor but he is happy.
Alice took out her pen and began to make notes.
Alice wrote the letter and Peter posted them.


Use and or but to join the sentences given below.

The rope was thin. It was strong.
She is ill. She is happy.
The police arrived first. The ambulance came soon after.

The rope was thin but it was strong.
She is ill but she is happy.
The police arrived first and the ambulance came soon after.

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