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    Question on 'however'

    Hi teachers,
    My question is if 'however' emphasises the fact that the second point contrats with the first. Why isn't 'by contrast' a good explanation for 'however' in the following sentence?

    He has to work hard harder than the excavator operators, for example. However, he earns less money than they do.
    Though, I know that, 'nevertheless / yet / nonetheless / despite that' are good synonyms for 'however' .

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Question on 'however'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    My question is if 'however' emphasises the fact that the second point contrats with the first. Why isn't 'by contrast' a good explanation for 'however' in the following sentence?

    He has to work hard harder than the excavator operators, for example. However, he earns less money than they do.
    I know that, 'nevertheless / yet / nonetheless / despite that' are good synonyms for however .

    Thanks in advance.
    To use "by contrast" or "in contrast", the first half of the sentence would have to make some mention of someone else's earnings.

    He works harder than the excavator operators who earn $100 per week. In contrast, he only earns $50 per week.

    In your original, there is nothing earnings-related to contrast with.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Question on 'however'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    To use "by contrast" or "in contrast", the first half of the sentence would have to make some mention of someone else's earnings.

    He works harder than the excavator operators who earn $100 per week. In contrast, he only earns $50 per week.

    In your original, there is nothing earnings-related to contrast with. That's true. In my first sentence, I talk about how hard he has to work compared to the excavator operators. In the second one I talk about money. I was just trying to find a way to explain the students the meaning of the word 'however'.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    L.

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