Correct use of “but” and “yet”

Both “but” and “yet” are adversative coordinating conjunctions, used to show contrast. Like other conjunctions, but and yet connect or join two words, phrases, or clauses. In order to make compound sentences with contrast, “but” and “yet” are used accordingly. There are various rules regarding to correct use of “but” and “yet”. Let’s get better insight of…

Use of “But”

•As I mentioned earlier, But is a adversative coordinating conjunction used to show contrasts between words, phrases, or clauses.

•Comma is used before “but” only when the connecting clauses are an independent clauses.

•Comma after but is not necessary other than independent clauses.

•So, it is essential to have both subject and verbs in the connecting clauses.

Independent clause means a clause that can stand alone with complete meaning. It doesn’t need anything to make complete sense.

•The hidden meaning of “but” is -“Despite that” or “Inspite of that”.However, it is milder than “yet”.

•Sometime, we can use “But rather”instead “but”.

•For better understanding, “but”is used to show simple contrast but “yet” is used to show greater degree of contrasts or contradictions.

•We can use “but” to introduce a sentence with same meaning.

•But also”is more dynamic than “But rather”

Here are some examples for the better insight of topic.

•The cause of water scarcity isn’t low rainfall but poor water management.

•The cause of water scarcity isn’t low rainfall, but it is the poor water management.

•The popularity of cricket isn’t ascribed to the beauty of game but the huge income.

•The popularity of cricket isn’t ascribed to the beauty of game, but it is the matter of huge income.

•Students love to visit forests but do not dare to live in it.

•Students love to visit forests, but they don’t dare to live in it.

These are some examples with comma or without comma.

Examples of “but rather”

•Food insecurity isn’t a product of food scarcity but rather mismanagement of available resources.

•We take education not for character but rather to get better job.

•Trade war between US and China isn’t due to trade imbalance, but rather it is for global dominance.

All the three examples point out hidden meaning “more than mentioned”. It demands more information compare to only “but”.

Apart from this, “but also” without “not only” is more dynamic than “but rather”. But rather is rarely used, whereas but also is used with not only as the correlating conjunction.

Use of yet

It is also a coordinating correlated conjunction. But it is used to highlight more contrast or contradictions compare to “but”.

It is the better replacement, only when there is greater emphasis in terms of contrast. Here are some examples of “yet” as a conjunction.

•Fossil fuels are proved dangerous for environment, yet it is being used heavily.

•Population growth is the big concern in the developing countries, yet they are advocating baby boom policies.

•Free trade makes everyone better off, yet protectionist policies are adopted by US.

These are some examples of “yet” as a conjunction. All this information and techniques are vital to understand the right use of adversative conjunctions such as “but and yet”.

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