I have a question similar to this one, but it is actually the opposite. I have been using always "nevertheless" after full stop, and today I felt to use it after comma. However, it looks really awkward to me, so that I would write a full stop.

Is it a right feeling or it is just because of my habit? Is it good style to use "nevertheless" after a comma?

If you could give me a general rule for punctuation before conjunctions, it would be great. Thanks.

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    Yes, after you wake up from your coma. Oh, you mean "comma". I suppose you can put "nevertheless" after a comma. Example: Although he was afraid his parachute might not open, nevertheless he jumped. – tautophile May 23 '18 at 21:11
  • Good to know, that it is "allowed". But to which extent is it good practice? For instance, in your example "nevertheless" sounds redundant. Could not we rather say: "Although he was afraid his parachute might not open, he jumped"? (thanks for correction coma -> comma ;)) – loved.by.Jesus May 23 '18 at 21:28
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    I think I see what you mean. "Nevertheless" in my sentence is a bit superfluous, but it's meant to emphasize that, even though he was afraid, he jumped. In fact, writing "..., he jumped nevertheless" or "..., he jumped anyway" would likely be better. – tautophile May 24 '18 at 1:18

Alan Cochrane, a competent writer, used one in the Telegraph:

He took a bit of persuading but he did it, nevertheless.

This looks perfectly acceptable to me.

But here:

He took a bit of persuading; nevertheless, he did it.

a comma would not be heavy-duty enough.

'Nevertheless' in this role is classed as a 'sentence connector' by some authorities (eg Collins) and as a 'conjunctive adverb' by others; it behaves differently from say 'but'.

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    I usually have the courtesy to indicate why I think an answer should be given a downvote. A convincing authority here would be hard to find. – Edwin Ashworth May 23 '18 at 22:15
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    +1 from me. Come back Edwin, I miss your style and class. You old curmudgeon, you. – Mari-Lou A Sep 21 '18 at 5:13

If you use “nevertheless” as an introductory word or if you use it in a way that interrupts the flow of a sentence (e.g. I am, nevertheless, going.), it definitely needs a comma after it (or surrounding it). However, if it comes at the end of a sentence, a comma isn’t at all necessary; it engenders a needless pause.


'Nevertheless' is an adverb (a condensed temporal adverbial phrase) -- not a conjunction. Therefore it can be used with commas, but it does not join clauses. 'However' is similar, but 'nevertheless' is always an adverb and its temporal quality makes the comma[s] optional if nothing follows it.

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