Certaines personnes riches veulent plus de l'argent, mais d'autres sont des philanthropes. Certaines personnes pauvres veulent plus de l'argent, mais d'autres s'en moquent.

I'm using certaines ... mais d'autres to form my construction, but I am not sure whether this is the best way to go about it. How would you form this construction?

Feel free to correct my French!


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Certain[e]s...mais d'autres is fine although mais isn't required, but your sentences need some work.

Personnes is unnecessary, riches and pauvres can be used as substantives.

Plus de l'argent should be (encore) plus d'argent or s'enrichir

Sont des philanthropes works, but better to use it as an adjective sont philanthropes

Certains riches veulent encore plus d'argent (or veulent s'enrichir encore plus), d'autres sont philanthropes.


Certains pauvres veulent s'enrichir, d'autres s'en moquent.

  • Merci beaucoup! Would certains... d'autres be your first choice for this construction? Are there any other succinct, viable alternatives?
    – ktm5124
    Nov 5, 2017 at 19:40
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    Yes, certains... d'autres... would likely be my first choice.
    – jlliagre
    Nov 6, 2017 at 23:09

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