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    Nonetheless, nevertheless, notwithstanding, howvere

    My question is, do the all mean the same, and can we use them interchangeably?

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    Re: Nonetheless, nevertheless, notwithstanding, howvere

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    Not all of them.

    'Nonetheless', 'nevertheless', and 'notwithstanding' are similar in meaning to 'regardless' or 'in spite of' and can be used interchangeably.

    'However' is similar to 'but', which represents a turn in the conversation.

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    Re: Nonetheless, nevertheless, notwithstanding, howvere

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Aachu,

    May I just add a comment to SlickVic's excellent answer.

    (1) You have probably already noticed that "notwithstanding" is a very "strange"

    word: it can go in different positions.

    (a) It is still warm, notwithstanding the drop in temperature.
    (b) It is still warm, the drop in temperature notwithstanding.

    Source: Longman English Grammar (1988), page 331.

    [Only my note: I think (think!) that you could also say:

    Notwithstanding the drop in temperature, it is still warm.
    The drop in temperature not withstanding, it is still warm.]

    (c) It was the same material, notwithstanding the texture seemed different.

    Source: Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (2nd edition).

    (d) He went to the game anyway, doctor's order notwithstanding.
    Notwithstanding the long delay, I shall still go.
    Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty.

    Source: The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (Unabridged), 1967.

    (e) He persisted, threats notwithstanding.
    I shall go, notwithstanding you forbid me.

    Source: Webster's New International Dictionary (2nd edition).

    (f) He rushed across the bridge, the enemy's fire notwithstanding.
    John Doe, notwithstanding he had a bad temper, was really a great man. [I have changed this sentence a bit.]
    Notwithstanding the force of the enemy is superior, we shall conquer.

    Source: Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1952).

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    Re: Nonetheless, nevertheless, notwithstanding, howvere

    Thank you so much for such a detailed answer,Sir TheParser.

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