The story is neatly complex yet enrapturing. (the audience)

A naughty guy yet making people happy.

Is it correct to put gerund after conjunction and adjective?, I've seen these phrases such as nice yet affordable cars but does it have the same rule for gerunds?.

  • Enrapturing and making are not gerunds. making people happy and enrapturing are adjectival here. Nov 30, 2016 at 6:25
  • Hi could you show me something to read the rules, I am still confused by this, thanks before. Nov 30, 2016 at 7:56
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    A gerund is a verbal noun(Swimming is my hobby), Swimming is a verb, but it has a noun attribute. Enrapting here is an attributive verb. It does modify the noun(The story). It's just like you say, "The movie is interesting". Interesting here is a verb that functions as an adjective. You may read this wikipedia article en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attributive_verb Nov 30, 2016 at 8:12
  • Your first example has "yet" coordinating two constituents (adjectival phrases) which are parallel, so it works, though perhaps a little unwieldy. The second has "yet" coordinating two quite different constituents - A noun phrase with a determiner, and an adjectival clause (or it could be a nominal clause if "making" is a gerund). Either way, the two components are too different in syntax and semantics that it is strange and hard to understand, and possibly not grammatical.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 9, 2017 at 17:15

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The story is neatly complex yet entertaining.

The word - yet - as used in this sentence is an adverb, the function of it is Connective Adjunct. Like a coordinator, it can connect two Adjective Phrase (AdjP) - complex and entertaining.

The meaning it bears is something like this though it's complex, it's entertaining.

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