What is the difference between אבל and אך and אולם and אלא ?

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If I understand correctly אבל and אך and אולם are the same with the last two being higher register. All three could be replaced with "however"?
In contrast אלא means "but rather" like in "not A BUT B"?
  • slus

    Senior Member
    Hebrew - Israel
    It all depends on the context, but your assessment is correct.
    With אלא, you can say
    אלא ש...
    To mean however or nevertheless.
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