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    "anyway" and "anyhow"

    Can anybody tell me the difference usage between these two words?
    I am confused with it.

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    Re: "anyway" and "anyhow"

    Quote Originally Posted by zhchshy View Post
    Can anybody tell me the difference usage between these two words?
    I am confused with it.
    Their meanings are very close, and sometimes overlapping, especially when the word is a subordinating conjunction (or a reinforcer for one - often 'but') and doesn't refer to a method:

    ... [but] I love her anyway = ... [but] I love her anyway

    But when it refers to a method, anyhow is preferable:

    It is important to apply the paint carefully, and with the appropriate brush. Don't just slap it on anyhow.

    You may sometimes meet this in the form 'any-old-how' (very colloquial); I don't think I've ever heard any-old-way

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    Re: "anyway" and "anyhow"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Their meanings are very close, and sometimes overlapping, especially when the word is a subordinating conjunction (or a reinforcer for one - often 'but') and doesn't refer to a method:

    ... [but] I love her anyway = ... [but] I love her anyway

    But when it refers to a method, anyhow is preferable:

    It is important to apply the paint carefully, and with the appropriate brush. Don't just slap it on anyhow.

    You may sometimes meet this in the form 'any-old-how' (very colloquial); I don't think I've ever heard any-old-way

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    Re: "anyway" and "anyhow"

    This must be one of those dialect things; I've heard "any old way," frequently, but I don't think I've ever heard "any old how."

    And let us not forget that bane of the American landscape, "anyhoo."

    [native speaker & writer, US; not a teacher]

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