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I know there are already many posts on still and yet, but I really find it difficult to use them as conjunction as in following sentences:

  1. It's a small car, yet/still it's surprisingly spacious
  2. He has a good job, and yet/still he never seems to have any money
  3. The weather was cold and wet. yet/still, we had a great time.

So my question is when should I use yet and when should I use still, when using it as a conjunction, and what is the correct option for sentences above?

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I believe some people have a stylistic preference for and yet over yet at the beginning of a clause, but I can't find a reference. Somehow and yet sounds better (especially at the beginning of a sentence). –  Cerberus Apr 23 '13 at 22:41
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Yet is a conjunction meaning nevertheless or however. While still may appear in conjunctive phrases like but still, it is not itself a conjunction. Therefore:

It's a small car, yet it's surprisingly spacious.

The weather was cold and wet, yet we had a great time.

You can use either word in conjunctive phrases. Yet usually carries a sense of negation, so and yet means the same thing as but still.

He has a good job, and yet he never seems to have any money.

He has a good job, but still he never seems to have any money.

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As an adverb, yet is an NPI, so it's not surprising that it invokes a negative feel. As a conjunction, it's a version of but that falutes slightly higher, and can indicate a slightly different version of surprise. Compare sadder but wiser with sadder yet wiser. –  John Lawler Apr 23 '13 at 22:23
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