¿pero, sino or sino que?

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¿Pero, sino or sino que?

Pero (but): it can be used after an affirmative or a negative sentence to add information to what was said in the first part of the sentence.

Ana es morena pero se tiñe de rubia.

Ana is a brunette but dyes her hair blonde.

No tengo hambre pero voy a comer.

I'm not hungry but I'm going to eat

Sino (but, rather): it is used after a negative phrase to express an opposition. A synonym in Spanish is por el contrario (on the contrary)

No he pedido un café, sino un té.

I didn't order a coffee, but rather a tea. 

El vestido no vale 20 €, sino 200 €.

The dress doesn't cost 20 euros, but rather 200 euros.

Sino que (but, rather): has the same meaning as sino but it is used in sentences which start with a verb

Al final no iré a Sevilla, sino que iré a Bilbao.

In the end I won't go to Seville, but rather to Bilbao.

No he leído el libro, sino que he visto la película.

I haven't read the book, but i've seen the movie.

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