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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Nevertheless
Tuesday March 22nd 2016
Question
What does nevertheless mean? — Fatima, India
Answer

Nevertheless is an adverb that tells the reader that something happened even though there is something that might have stopped it from happening. Here are some example sentences with nevertheless:

 

  • The math test was very difficult; nevertheless, she earned a good grade. [=Because the test was very difficult, she might have earned a bad grade, but she didn't.]
  • She never liked reading about economics, but the book was interesting nevertheless. [=She didn't think the book about economics would interest her, but it did.]
  • Every time he tried, he failed. Nevertheless, he did not quit trying. [=He could have quit trying because of his failures, but he didn’t.]
  • He had three friends help him with the job. Nevertheless, it took them all day to finish. [=The help of three friends could have made the job go faster, but it didn't.]
  • The traffic was very bad, but she arrived at work on time nevertheless. [=Because of the bad traffic she could have arrived late, but she didn't.]

 

Some words and phrases that can be used in place of nevertheless are nonetheless, even so, however, and in spite of that.

 

I hope this helps.

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