"I am going to leave, anyway"

What does anyway means here
And how to use anyway in a sentence

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"I am going to leave, anyway."

The meaning of "anyway" in a sentence like this one depends in part on the context, and on the prior sentence in the discussion. Consider:

"Get out of my house, and never come back!"


"Are you leaving just because Real Madrid is losing by two goals?"

I could answer either one with:

I was going to leave anyway.

In the first case, that means:

I don't need you to kick me out. I was going to leave whether you planned to kick me out, or planned to let me stay.

In the second case, it means:

I'm not leaving because Real Madrid is losing. I needed to leave at this time no matter what, because...

The "because" part could be anything, such as:

  • because I need to go get Jimmy at the airport in 20 minutes.
  • because I promised Michelle I'd be home before 9 o'clock.
  • because I need to go walk the dog before he chews up the couch.
  • This should not be confused with the two word any way which means any method or manner. – LawrenceC Mar 25 '16 at 12:33

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