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I'd like to know how to translate the word "pourtant" in English.

For instance,

  1. Mon dossier a été refusé. Pourtant j'avais tout fait pour être accepté à l'université de Princeton.
  2. Je ne comprends pas... Il y a plein de monde à la piscine, mais pourtant le parking est vide.
  3. J'ai pensé que le fromage bleu n'était pas bon en bouche dû à son odeur désagréable. Pourtant quand j'en ai mangé une bouché, j'ai trouvé ce fromage excellent.

How does this work?

  • Asking how to translate a word into English is not a question about the French Language. A question you could ask here is " Am I using the word pourtant properly in those sentences?" If your question is about how to say pourtant in English then you're in the wrong palce. – Laure SO - Écoute-nous Jul 16 '16 at 13:11
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Pourtant introduces a contradiction, it's equivalent to "yet" or "however."

  • So we could say "Yet I had everything to be accepted to Princeton University. ", am I right? – Law Jul 14 '16 at 0:47
  • Yes, it implies "However, I had done everything (possible) in order to be accepted at Princeton". – Anupama G Jul 14 '16 at 8:25
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Your third sentence is the best example of how the word works.

J'ai pensé que le fromage bleu n'était pas bon en bouche dû à son odeur désagréable. Pourtant quand j'en ai mangé une bouchée, j'ai trouvé ce fromage excellent.

I had thought that blue cheese wouldn't taste good due to its disagreeable smell. However, when I had a bite, I found it great.

Similarly,

Je ne comprends pas... Il y a plein de monde à la piscine, mais pourtant le stationnement est vide.

I don't understand - the pool is full of people, however, the parking space is empty!

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the first sentence can be used like "even"

..., even though I had made all to be accepted

the second and third can be used like "however"

..., however the parking....

..., however when I tasted...

pourtant =~ cependant

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