In the HKDSE English Writing paper, you may need to rephrase the keywords of the topic constantly, and this is the same for connectives! ‘But’ is one of the most frequently used connectives. So, do you know what words can replace it and how should you change the sentence? Let’s check it out below!

 

  • But > Even though

 

Before : Real sport is better for our health, but it has more constraints in space requirements compared to the virtual sport.

 

After : Even though real sport has more constraints in space requirements compared to the virtual sport, it is better for our health.

 

  • But > yet

 

Before : I sang the wrong lyrics, but the audience was so supportive that they clapped their hands to show encouragement.

 

After : I sang the wrong lyrics, yet the audience was so supportive that they clapped their hands to show encouragement.

 

  • But > Nevertheless

 

Before : Criminals and drug addicts did things wrong in the past, but a second chance should be given to them to let them do things right.

 

After : Criminals and drug addicts did things wrong in the past. Nevertheless, a second chance should be given to them to let them do things right.

 

When you are thinking of using the word ‘but’, try to replace it by the connectives above first! This helps to increase the probability of getting stars too!