Thursday, May 28, 2009

Word Use: However, nevertheless, nonetheless

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However, nevertheless, nonetheless to dispel any confusion convey the same unexpected result. However, 'nevertheless' and 'nonetheless' are more formal and are usually used only in writing.


We're having difficulties with the research project. Nevertheless, we'll finish it on time.
We've been working hard all week. However, we'll have to continue next week as well.

However and nevertheless: to express a contrast

We can use either of the adverbs however or nevertheless to indicate that the second point we wish to make contrasts with the first point. The difference is one of formality: nevertheless is bit more formal and emphatic than however. Consider the following:

* I can understand everything you say about wanting to share a flat with Martha. However, I am totally against it.

* Rufus had been living in the village of Edmonton for over a decade. Nevertheless, the villagers still considered him to be an outsider.


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