Sunday, May 31, 2009

Word Use: However and Nevertheless - II

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However and Nevertheless: for counter-argument

If you need to write essays, it is also useful to use however, nevertheless, nonetheless or even so to introduce the final part of a three-part structure:

* in the first part you might outline an argument, introducing it perhaps with it is often said;

* in the second part you might indicate that there is supporting evidence using it is true or certainly to introduce these ideas;

* in the third part introduce the counter-argument with however or one of the other discourse markers listed above.

  • It is said that water pollution is one of the greatest evils in this country.

  • It is true that more and more factories are being built along this stretch of the river and that a certain amount of waste will inevitably be discharged into the river.

  • However, in all the discussions that I have had with these firms' representatives, I have not found one who does not have a responsible attitude to environmental protection.

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