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    however bad

    Are these sentences correct:
    1) The first chapter of your manuscript, however bad, does hold some promise.

    2) The first chapter of your manuscript, however bad it is, does hold some promise.

    3) The first chapter of your manuscript, however bad, still holds some promise.

    4) The first chapter of your manuscript, however bad it is, still holds some promise.

    They are supposed to mean:
    a) The first chapter of your manuscript, although it is pretty bad, still holds some promise.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: however bad

    All four seem identical in meaning to me, and I agree with your interpretation. Anyone proposing differences is quibbling in my opinion.

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