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diogerepus

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Korean
I don't like pizza but pasta.
I'm confused with the meaning of this sentence.
Does this sentence mean 'I don't like pizza but (I like) pasta.'?
I'm not sure if this is a 'not A but B' structure like 'What I like is not pizza but pasta'.
 
  • Nunty

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    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    I would understand the way you do, diogerepus. If I were writing the sentence, I'd use a comma after pizza: I don't like pizza, but pasta.

    It's not a very common way of expressing the idea, but I think you and I have understood it.
     
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