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Can I use "and" instead of "but"? What's different between "but" and "and"?


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The conjunctions "and" and "but" can be used to join two statements. "And" is used to show additional information and is used when the statements are similar. Ex: I called my mom yesterday and we talked for hours. "But" is used to connect statements that express opposite ideas. Ex: I also called my brother, but he wasn't at home. In this case since the "party" is dissimilar to giving "money" I think but is the better choice.

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