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    however

    how we use the word 'however'?

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    Re: however

    Quote Originally Posted by amit1234 View Post
    how we use the word 'however'?
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    Hello, Amit.

    (1) Sometimes however is a strong but.



    (2) Other posters may give you some good links.

    (3) You can always type however in the search box to find

    some helpful threads.

    (4) Sometimes, we use however like this:

    It is important to learn English; however, it is equally important

    to know your first language well, too.

    (a) however links two sentences together into one sentence.

    (i) you must use a semicolon (;) in front, and you must use a

    comma (,) after the word however in the kind of sentence that

    I have given you.

    (4) Sometimes however means something like it does not matter

    how much:

    However smart a person thinks she or he is, there are many things

    that she or he does not know, so we must all be humble.

    Thank you

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    Re: however

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Amit.

    (1) Sometimes however is a strong but.



    (2) Other posters may give you some good links.

    (3) You can always type however in the search box to find

    some helpful threads.

    (4) Sometimes, we use however like this:

    It is important to learn English; however, it is equally important

    to know your first language well, too.

    (a) however links two sentences together into one sentence.

    (i) you must use a semicolon (;) in front, and you must use a

    comma (,) after the word however in the kind of sentence that

    I have given you.

    (4) Sometimes however means something like it does not matter

    how much:

    However smart a person thinks she or he is, there are many things

    that she or he does not know, so we must all be humble.

    Thank you
    Thank you for the careful explication. I might --however unnecessarily -- point out that however can be inserted into the stream of a single independent clause, in which case it only requires a comma on each side.

    "There was quite an uproar, however, when he went on to give his opinion about the handball of the Uruguayan player in the game against Ghana."

    In this case, of course, the entire sentence is a follow-up to a previous sentence. And, come to think of it, since the sentences could have been linked a semi-colon, what I have written adds little, if anything, to what you have so nicely presented.

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    Re: however

    As well as a semi-colon, it is common to use a full-stop before 'However,'. A comma, though, isn't a strong enough punctuation mark.

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