Regardless is an adverb which implies: in spite of everything, anyway, nevertheless, nonetheless, in any case, no matter what, despite everything, come what may

For instance: Despite her recent surgery she has been carrying on regardless.

Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/regardless

Question: Can we use despite and regardless in one sentence?

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    Why would you? It's redundant, saying the same thing twice. Sep 11 '16 at 14:42
  • @StoneyB true, that's why I was thinking that this example is wrong. I, therefore, quoted the source of the dictionary in which this example was given.
    – user40875
    Sep 11 '16 at 14:49
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    Actually, the source is Collins, not TFD. Collins is methodologically driven by actual recorded use; that's admirable in many ways, but it occasionally winds up citing unedited colloquial uses that a careful writer would revise. Redundancy is not ungrammatical. Sep 11 '16 at 14:59

As this NGram shows...

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...the construction [verb] on regardless is commonly used with a variety of verbs such as carry, press, go push, pass, for the (metaphoric or literal) sense of continue a current action or direction of movement [disregarding/ignoring any pressure to stop or change course].

As has been pointed out, there's nothing inherently wrong with "redundancy" in English (it's often used quite naturally to convey emphasis, for example). But noting in particular the significant increase for to carry on above, I'm inclined to say that specific combination has become something of a "fixed expression" in recent decades.

Precisely because it's become so common, the exact meaning of to carry on regardless has become somewhat vague in the minds of many speakers. Sometimes it just conveys a general sense of continuing to do something diligently, industriously, laboriously, purposefully, resolutely, with no particular allusion to in spite of [something that might stop the activity continuing].

Consequently, many native speakers wouldn't even notice the "repetition" in OP's example.


If you are asking specifically about this sentence in your link:

Despite her recent surgery she has been carrying on regardless.

@StoneyB is correct; this is redundant. So, while you can use these together, the redundancy makes the sentence clumsy. So, dropping the 'regardless' becomes

Despite her recent surgery she has been carrying on.

Which is more correct, but leaves a bit of a dangling ending. I think most speakers would say

She has been carrying on despite her recent surgery.

  • thanks for your reply, I have found another example where both despite and regardlessly have been used; ‘Despite the unenthusiastic reception that revelation received, Iron continued regardlessly; ‘yeah, well, I heard they're doing interviews for the South Street post.’’ oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/regardless
    – user40875
    Sep 11 '16 at 15:28

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