Is it grammatically permissible by the rules of Standard English for the coordinating conjunction ‘yet’ to follow a subordinating conjunction? For example, take the sentence:

Although it is early, yet still I must rise.

This seems to make sense and be correct to me, but if I substitute another coordinating conjunction, say ‘but’, it no longer seems so:

Although it is early, but still I must rise.

It seems that the semantics of ‘but’ are what create a problem here, though instead of the grammar, but I can't seem to form any valid subordinating + coordinating sentence except if I use ‘yet’, so I'm not sure.

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    I may be at risk of sounding a fool here, but I don't understand why you'd want to use both. The example you provide is awkward and redundant, and would work better with only one conjunction. Jul 24, 2012 at 7:01
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    @Chris - Have you got permission from the original poster at able2know to repost here? Jul 24, 2012 at 7:50
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    @Matt The Gravatar is identical on the two postings.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 24, 2012 at 7:56
  • @AndrewLeach — well spotted! I guess there's nothing to worry about then. Jul 24, 2012 at 8:20

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This is archaic but poetic. It's an example of an anapaestic tetrameter (although it really needs another unstressed syllable right at the start) — four feet of "da da DUM":

But although it is early, yet still I must rise.

As @crisis said, it's redundant, but redundancy can be employed for particular effect, as here.


I'd argue the problem with the sentence "Although it is early, yet still I must rise" is that "although" and "yet" are redundant. Both imply a contradiction, so only one should be necessary.

Consequently, I'd use either "Although it is early, I must still rise", or "It is early, yet still I must rise".


As a conjunction is a joining unit, it isn't necessary to use more than one for a single purpose. As you mentioned, writing "but" in place of "yet" doesn't sound right. That's because it isn't, and writing "yet" is similarly so.

If there is a sense in which "yet" does fit this context, it is obsolete.

  • The Corpus of Contemporary American English has 700 phrases using yet still.
    – apaderno
    Jul 24, 2012 at 7:59
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    Your logic about not using two conjunctions together sounds plausible, and yet seems to me to be missing something. It may be redundant, but when used to good effect, can work well.
    – user16269
    Jul 24, 2012 at 9:06
  • Ha ha. Touché, good fellow. Jul 24, 2012 at 9:12

By definition, coordinating conjunctions connect two independent clauses; although it is early is a dependent clause and therefore not compatible with yet in a single sentence.

Instead of coordinating conjunction, you might want to consider conjunctive adverbs like however.


Yet and So, like When and As (which are sometimes included in old FANBOY-style lists) are old adverbs, and it can be difficult to decide when they are being used as conjunctions and when as adverbs, and at what point a common group of words ought to be considered a compound word (nevertheless? Therefor? And yet?). I'll play agnostic in this case.

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    So what is the answer to the question?
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 1, 2023 at 14:01

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