I would love to know if we have a single word that can be used in general speaking and writing in place of "But anyway".

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    Some example sentences would be helpful.
    – user3169
    Jun 11, 2016 at 5:51

3 Answers 3


Yet is a somewhat rare alternative to but, yet it is well suited to the usage in question:

yet – adverb 3 – Nevertheless; in spite of that:

‘every week she gets worse, and yet it could go on for years’

– OxfordDictionaries.com

And may be omitted before yet, as in the first sentence of this answer, leaving an equally acceptable variation of the dictionary example:

‘every week she gets worse, yet it could go on for years’


It depends on the context, but my first impression is that you are signaling the end of a digression.

Some suggestions:

  • Anyway
  • anyhow
  • regardless
  • nevertheless
  • 1
    Good answer, but +1 especially for ‘nevertheless’.
    – J.R.
    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:23
  • I am not interested at the moment for the offered position. However I am willing to discuss nonetheless to see if the position interest the folks in my network.
    – MaNKuR
    Aug 24, 2017 at 4:54
  • Are you trying to ask if that usage of nonetheless correct? @MaNKuR
    – Em.
    Aug 24, 2017 at 4:56
  • @Max Yes, kind of. I just tried to put an example here for my reference and hopefully it will help others as well. :)
    – MaNKuR
    Aug 24, 2017 at 7:07

However would substitute for "but anyway". For example, the wind was howling and the rain pelting down, however, we made it home without mishap. It has the same meaning but is shorter.

  • Note, however, that when introducing a clause with however formal use requires that the preceding clause be closed with a point more disjunctive than a comma: a full stop, semicolon or em dash. Jun 11, 2016 at 10:46

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