These two words when used in conjunction with each other are designed to get us out listening to what other people have to say to us. We all have been in situations where someone is giving us advice that we do not want to hear. That is where the words yes-but come in handy because it can diffuse the situation and catch the other person off guard and you are free and clear to do what you want to.
If fill up the car once in awhile we would not have this problem
Yes- but I thought that was your job
If you do not know whose dog that is I would not pet it
Yes-but he is so cute
If you would stop spending so much money we could pay the bills
Yes-but you no I need one outfit for each day.
Now a few warning accompany the use of yes-but, first is if you are on the receiving end do not stand there and try to tell the other person what they need to do because they are not really listening after they have used yes-but anyway
Next do not use yes-but more than once in a sentence. There is nothing more annoying than to stand there and listen to someone that goes yes-but, yes-but time after time after time. One yes-but is sufficient to get your point across.
Also be careful when using the phrase yes-but because there are certain people who will not take kindly to being on the receiving end of a yes-but. Let me give you a clue, your husband or wife now there is asking for trouble.
Your boss, I donít think your boss would appreciate a yes-but when they ask you about why a certain task was not done. You not the trademark answer, Did your print the reports? Yes-but George in accounting ate them.
Also your pastor when He asks if you heard his sermon would not appreciate an answer like yes-but I fell asleep half way through.
Yes-but is a great way to get yourself out of doing things but you better be careful because someday you may be on the receiving end of a yes-but yourself.
Now before we drop the subject of yes-but also be careful of his distant cousin no-but which can be used in place of yes-but in certain situations, but that is a story for another time.