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    Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year, __________ the storm that left many residents without power just a few days earlier.
    a. nonetheless
    b. however
    c. in spite
    d. despite

    I'd choose a. But, what's wrong with despite here?

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    #2

    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    'Despite' is the correct answer.

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    What's wrong with nonetheless?

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What's wrong with nonetheless?
    1. It rarely appears in the middle of a sentence, or after a comma.
    2. "Nonetheless the storm that left many residents without power a few days earlier" doesn't work.

    The whole thing means that the storm which caused the power failure did not affect the beauty of the white Christmas in Toronto.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    What about "however" ? How can we change the sentence in order to make "however" acceptable here?
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    #6

    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Why don't you try first?

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What about "however" ? How can we change the sentence in order to make "however" acceptable here?
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    It would have to be completely rewritten.

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year. However, the storm left many residents without power just a few days earlier. ( Is it correct?)

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    #9

    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    Excellent attempt!

    I'd use the past perfect — 'the storm had left' — rather than the simple past.

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    Re: Toronto had a beautiful white Christmas this year

    If you want to use "nonetheless", you can write:

    A storm left many Toronto residents without power a few days before Christmas. Nonetheless, the city experienced a beautiful white Christmas.

    When using "nonetheless", the event which might have caused a problem needs to be stated first, then after "nonetheless" we give the event or thing which happened in spite of the potentially problematic event.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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