The dictionary says that it means: "despite the fact that", but I also thought it could also mean "forget about that". Is it the case or I was just mistaken?

I thought about an example like this:

Is my sister with you? Is she ok?

Do you want to speak to her? She's next to me.

Never mind that, instead tell me if you bought the presents for Christmas.


"Never mind that" refers to something someone says to you.

  • Look at all this food! [one person says]

  • Never mind that [the previous sentence], where're the plates? [another responds]

Never mind means: I don't care about what you just said. I am interested in what I have to say: where are the plates?

In the OP's example, he is not interested in talking about his sister, he wants to know: about the Christmas presents.

That is what is called a deictic pronoun. It refers to something already said.

  • It may also mean "Ignore what I just said"; either because you want to correct yourself, or because new information has become available. Apr 15 '20 at 18:53

You mistook "never mind that [he was so anxious about that, he succeeded to pass the driving exam]" (sorry for a cringe-worthy example) with a completed sentence "never mind that."

Never mind can mean either "forget about that" - then it's simply "Never mind.", or "don't think about that" (as in never mind what they say) or "let's forget that" (which is your case) - then it's "Never mind that."

  • I think you should provide an example of "never mind that <...>" (something besides angle brackets and dots).
    – J.R.
    May 4 '19 at 23:14

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