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- (RP) IPA: /hɑʊˈεvə/, SAMPA: /haU"Ev@/
- (US) enPR: houĕvʹər, IPA: /haʊˈɛvɚ/, SAMPA: /haU'Ev@`/
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- Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
- Hyphenation: how·ev·er
Adverbhowever (not comparable)
- Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.
- He told me not to do it; however, I did it.
- (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context 2) In what way; how.
- However did you do that?
- (nevertheless): Strunk and White's The Elements of Style argues that the adverb however, in its sense of "nevertheless", should be avoided at the beginning of a sentence. Other style guides argue that however is overused in this sense, whether or not at the start of a sentence.
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- In whatever manner.
- Do it however you want.
- To whatever extent.
- However far he may get, there'll be many that get further.
- However much you prepare for the exam, there will still be a few questions on which you won't be sure of the answer.
- (proscribed) Although, though, but, yet.
(although): The use of however as a conjunction meaning "although" is identical to its use as a clause-initial adverb meaning "nevertheless", except in punctuation (when written) and in prosody (when spoken). Hence, the following proscribed sentence:
(proscribed) He told me not to do it, however I did it.
is equivalent to the following accepted one:
(accepted) He told me not to do it; however, I did it.
In particular, when used as a conjunction in this sense, however always appears between the clauses it connects; it does not introduce a true subordinate clause that can be moved to the start of an independent clause, because a conjunctive adverb cannot do that.
- “however” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “however” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- "however" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
- "however (degree)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
- "however (despite)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
- "however (way)" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
- "however" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, © Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
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