Correct use of “but” and “yet”

As a conjunction, both “but and yet” belong to adversative family; whereas, as the preposition and adverb, they have different roles to play. So, let’s learn correct use of but and yet…

Meaning of “but and yet”

Though as a conjunction, both belong to adversative family, actual meaning of them is quite different.

But = milder than Yet

But is milder than Yet in introducing contrast. Besides, Yet is used for negative contrast with more emphasis.

As conjunctions — “But and Yet”

  1. Both’ as conjunction are used to introduce “Adversative coordinating clauses”that are contrasting to the earlier main clause.
  2. The hidden meaning is “In spite of” or “Despite that”
  3. Comparatively, ‘But’ is slightly milder in degree of contrast than ‘Yet’.
  4. “Yet”is used for negative contrast with more highlight.
  5. They connect two contrasting independent clauses
  6. Commais used to separate clause introduced by “but or yet”.
  7. Further, it is essential to have both subject and verbs in the connecting clauses
  8. Sometime, we can use “But rather” instead of  “But”.
  9. “But also” is more dynamic than “But rather”

Examples of But and Yet as conjunction

  • The cause of water scarcity isn’t low rainfall, but it is the poor water management. (Comma is used to separate independent clause)
  • Students love to visit forests, but they don’t dare to live in it. (contrast or contradiction)
  • She is an excellent singer, yet she never sing for movies. (clear negative contrast)
  • I don’t like spicy food, yet I had to eat in birthday party. (negative contrasts)
  • The popularity of cricket isn’t ascribed to the beauty of game, but it is the matter of huge income. (Two subjects and verbs)
  • Students love to visit forests, but they don’t dare to live in it.
  • Food crisis isn’t a product of food scarcity, but rather mismanagement of available resources.
  • Trade war between US and China isn’t due to trade imbalance, but rather it is for global dominance.

“But” as preposition

Meaning of “But” as a preposition — except, with exception of, or other than this.
  • The cause of water scarcity isn’t low rainfall but poor water management.
  • The popularity of cricket isn’t ascribed to the beauty of game but the huge income.
  • The water resources isn’t less but contaminated
  • He is millionaire but miser.

Apart from these, both but and yet also play the role of adverbs as well. For more clarity about correct use of but and yet, let’s see some other examples.

More examples of “Yet”

  • 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 all are about correct use of but and yet as conjunction, preposition, and adverbs.

Simple examples of degrees

As soon as conjunction of time