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What do contrasting ideas mean in the context of conjunctions? Are "but" and "yet" completely interchangeable? How do we know whether to use "but" or "yet"?
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This is almost a double post of another one you submitted today.

JigneshbharatiHow do we know whether to use "but" or "yet"?

If you are a painter, how do you know whether to use a light blue or a dark blue for the sky in your painting? It depends on your taste in colors and on what kind of sky you want to portray. And your taste has developed for many, many years as you have seen and studied many other paintings not your own. It's the same for writing. If you don't read hundreds of books, you never develop the feel for the usage of words that you seem to be looking for. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to do this, which is also what you seem to be looking for. Emotion: sad


'but' is a pretty ordinary way of drawing a contrast. You might say it's neutral, so it's used a lot.

'yet' (as a conjunction) has the quality of 'even so'. It is stronger at conceding what was said previously. For example, you could paraphrase the last sentence below as

[ I concede that / I'll grant you that ] this spice is very complex. Even so, it doesn't disguise the food you are using it to flavor.

Examples:

His tempi are fast, yet he never sacrifices the orchestral inner glow necessary.
The obese have more issues than smokers, yet they are not subject to such taxes.
This spice is very complex, yet it doesn't disguise the food you are using it to flavor.

You can substitute 'but' for 'yet' in any of the three examples above.

CJ