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This paper attempted to compare and contrast the discourse functions of the English primary contrastive discourse marker but with its equivalent in Standard Arabic lakin. A judgment test of forty-eight examples was presented to 5 Arabic-English speaking informants and 5 English native informants. The results showed that, like but in English, lakin functions as the primary contrastive discourse marker in Standard Arabic. The analysis of the results showed that although the English but can bedoi:10.4304/tpls.3.12.2157-2168 fatcat:pa42jche5zc5bj4kjp2i47mqxm