But vs. Yet

By Jaxson

  • But (preposition)

    Outside of.

    “Away but the hoose and tell me whae’s there.”

  • But (preposition)

    Apart from, except (for), excluding.

    “Everyone but Father left early.”

    “”I like everything but that.”

    “Nobody answered the door when I knocked, so I had no choice but to leave.”

  • But (adverb)

    Merely, only, just.

  • But (adverb)

    Though, however.

    “I’ll have to go home early but.”

  • But (adverb)

    Used as an intensifier.

    “Nobody, but nobody, crosses me and gets away with it.”

  • But (conjunction)

    On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the negation).

    “I am not rich but (I am) poor;”

    “not John but Peter went there.”

  • But (conjunction)

    However, although, nevertheless, on the other hand (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

    “She is very old but still attractive.”

    “You told me I could do that, but she said that I could not.”

  • But (conjunction)

    Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, “except one that”, “except such that”.

    “I cannot but feel offended.”

  • But (conjunction)

    Without its also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).

    “It never rains but it pours.”

  • But (conjunction)

    Except with; unless with; without.

  • But (conjunction)

    Only; solely; merely.

  • But (conjunction)


  • But (noun)

    An instance or example of using the word “but”.

    “It has to be done – no ifs or buts.”

  • But (noun)

    The outer room of a small two-room cottage.

  • But (noun)

    A limit; a boundary.

  • But (noun)

    The end; especially the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end; the butt.

  • But (verb)

    Use the word “but”.

    “But me no buts.”

  • Yet (adverb)

    Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.

    “He has never yet been late for an appointment;”

    “I’m not yet wise enough to answer that;”

    “Have you finished yet?”

  • Yet (adverb)

    Continuously up to the current time; still.

    “The workers went to the factory early and are striking yet.”

  • Yet (adverb)

    At some future time; eventually.

    “The riddle will be solved yet.”

  • Yet (adverb)

    Not as of the time referenced.

    “I’ve yet to see him. — I have not yet seen him.”

    “I had yet to go to a convention. — I had not yet gone to a convention.”

    “He seemed yet to be convinced. — He seemed not yet to have been convinced.”

  • Yet (adverb)

    In addition.

    “There are two hours yet to go until our destination.”

  • Yet (adverb)


    “K-2 is yet higher than this.”

  • Yet (conjunction)

    Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.

    “I thought I knew you, yet how wrong I was.”

  • Yet (verb)

    To melt; found; cast, as metal.

  • Yet (noun)

    A metal pan or boiler; yetling.

  • Yet (adverb)

    up until the present or a specified or implied time; by now or then

    “I haven’t told anyone else yet”

    “aren’t you ready to go yet?”

    “I have yet to be convinced”

    “the congress was widely acclaimed as the best yet”

  • Yet (adverb)

    as soon as the present or a specified or implied time

    “wait, don’t go yet”

  • Yet (adverb)

    from now into the future for a specified length of time

    “I hope to continue for some time yet”

  • Yet (adverb)

    referring to something that will or may happen in the future

    “further research may yet explain the enigma”

    “I know she’s alive and I’ll find her yet”

  • Yet (adverb)

    still; even (used to emphasize increase or repetition)

    “snow, snow, and yet more snow”

    “yet another diet book”

    “the rations were reduced yet again”

  • Yet (adverb)

    in spite of that; nevertheless

    “every week she gets worse, and yet it could go on for years”

  • Yet (conjunction)

    but at the same time; but nevertheless

    “the path was dark, yet I slowly found my way”

Oxford Dictionary

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