what is difference between but and yet

Dear student,

As conjunctions, 'yet'’ and ‘but’ are similar. Both are used to show contrast or comparisons. However, 'yet' is used when there is an element of surprise  involved in the comparison or contrast. That is, 'yet' has a stronger effect than 'but', and so, it is used when the part coming after the conjunction is of an unexpected nature.

For example:

I worked hard, but I did not score well in the exam.

In this sentence, we find a contrast in the sense that even though I worked hard, I did not score well in my exam. There is no element of surprise involved.

Let us take another example:

He was not well, yet he won the wrestling match.

In this sentence, there is an element of surprise present: He managed to win the match in spite of being unwell.


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but is a conjuction
the contrary; yet:
My brother went, but I did not.
except; save: She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep.
unless; if not; except that (followed by a clause, often with that  expressed): Nothing would do but that I should come in.
without the circumstance that: It never rains but it pours.
otherwise than: There is no hope but by prayer.

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