Context: I want to be single and "yet" attached. I want to be alone "yet" accompanied.

I have read that yet is used in the last of the sentence like he has not given yet, etc. In these yet is not used in the last but in the middle, so, can I use still in place of yet so that meaning remains same?

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    Using yet in your context is a bit dated/formal - most people usually use but today. You can include still with either conjunction to emphasise the "quirkiness" of wanting both A and B, which superficially appear to be mutually exclusive alternatives: I want to be alone but still [feel?] accompanied. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 10 '17 at 16:43
  • Can I write this "I want to be alone but accompanied" without using still? – user55697 Jun 10 '17 at 18:31
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    Yes, you can, if you want your statement to look slightly more paradoxical at first glance. – BobRodes Jun 10 '17 at 19:29
  • Indeed. "but", "still", "(and) yet" are all more or less equivalent ways of showing the contrast, perhaps with a different degree of drawing attention to the contrast. None of them is dated (in this context, anyway). – Luke Sawczak Jun 16 '17 at 14:44

I believe the intent of your examples is to show contrast

single yet attached
alone yet accompanied

and "still" can be used to show this contrast also, however "still" implies a continuation of state, so logically it would be

attached yet still single
accompanied yet still alone

since in both cases the assumed initial sites would be "single" and "alone", and as has been pointed out in the comments, your use of "yet" is similar to "but"

attached but (still) single
accompanied but (still) alone

both work, however

attached still single
accompanied still alone

do not. So, no, you cannot simply replace "yet" with "still".

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