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I want to convey "Something is important. But it is hard to achieve". Can I use "yet" as in the following sentence?

It is an important yet non-trivial task.

Also, can I use "yet" to connect sentences with opposite meanings? For example,

This book is very well-written, yet few people know about it.

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  1. you cannot use yet in your first example. You need AND - alternatively change the order and use but. It is a non-trivial but important

  2. This book is very well-written, yet few people know about it

is the correct spelling and usage

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