Nonetheless/nevertheless

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Sat Apr 26 15:17:35 EDT 2003


On Sat, 26 Apr 2003 18:34:02 +0800 (WST), Paul Andinach wrote:

>On Wed, 23 Apr 2003, Ian W. Riddell wrote:
>
>> OK, I'll bite. What, exactly, is the difference between
>> "nonetheless"  and "nevertheless"? My dictionary offers each as a
>> synonym of the other.
>
>I expect your dictionary is right, and it's probably just a matter of
>taste; but there are times when one feels definitely right, and the
>other definitely wrong.
>
>It's consistent enough that I'm pretty sure I have a mental model for
>which is which, but I'm having trouble figuring out how it works.

You know what MY mental model is?  I only use "nevertheless" at the
beginnings of sentences, and "nonetheless" only at the ends.  I never
thought about it until you brought it up....

Melissa Proffitt

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