How to use “nevertheless” in formal writing

This is how to use nevertheless in formal writing such as business emails, correspondence, etc.

Nevertheless contrasts a second point with the first point. It has a similar meaning to despite this:

  • The product didn’t sell as well this year as last year, but nevertheless it was a success.
    = The product didn’t sell well, but despite that it was a success.

Where do we put nevertheless in the sentence?

Nevertheless can follow but:

  • Competition was tough last year, but nevertheless our sales increased.

It can also begin a new sentence or follow a semi-colon:

  • Competition was tough last year. Nevertheless, our sales increased.
  • Competition was tough last year; nevertheless, our sales increased.

In spoken English we sometimes use nevertheless at the end of a sentence:

  • Suarez has a bad disciplinary record and has missed a lot of games, but he’s a great player nevertheless.

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  1. Mohammed Iddi - September 22, 2015, 2:51 pm Reply

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