The word "anyway" is an adverb you can use to show a difference between what people know to be true, and what they actually do or think, despite the circumstances. "Anyway" is similar to "even though," "no matter what," and "regardless." These examples demonstrate how to use it:

  • This might not work, but let’s try it anyway.
  • They knew the trip would be dangerous, but they went on it anyway.
  • Don knows that overeating is bad for his health, but he does it anyway.
  • The sign said, "Do Not Enter," but people entered the area anyway.
  • Louise didn’t study for the test, but she passed it anyway.
  • Even though the weather is bad, we’re planning on going to the beach anyway.
  • Regardless of her lack of talent, Margaret sings karaoke songs anyway.


Sometimes, the word "anyway" is used in spoken English to change the subject in a conversation:

  • Anyway…what are you going to do tomorrow?
  • Anyway…I had an interesting conversation with my neighbor. Let me tell you what he said.
  • Anyway…this is all water under the bridge. (This is an expression meaning that what happened in the past cannot be changed and is not that important.)
  • Anyway….


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February 4, 2020