This is a sentence from a short story I'm writing:

"It's all the same to me, because when it comes to our deepest fears and insecurities, we are all alone."

I'm not very sure if this is more grammatically correct:

"It's all the same to me, because when it comes to our deepest fears and insecurities, we are all alone anyway."


I'm not sure if this is necessary, but here I include the two lines preceding the sentence.

"Do you think there is something on the other side of the fog?"

"I'm not sure. Do you wish there were something else?"

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  • For a start, "Anyways" is wrong. It should be "Anyway" (without the "s") grammartips.homestead.com/anyway.html – Urbycoz May 10 '12 at 9:54
  • Sorry for the typo. – janoChen May 10 '12 at 9:55
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    Why do you think it anyway is necessary? If you're looking for writing critique you can try Writing. – Matt E. Эллен May 10 '12 at 9:59
  • @Matt Эллен Sorry, I edited the question. – janoChen May 10 '12 at 10:01
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    What's wrong with 'anyways'? The OP's example seems to be a piece of dialogue, and the use of 'anyways' may be consistent with the character who says it. – Barrie England May 10 '12 at 10:37

Yes, it's grammatical. Whether you use it or not depends on the effect you're trying to create.


It adds a sense of resignation to the sentence. Either is acceptable, but they convey different moods or senses. The first has a feeling of hopelessness, whereas the second has a resigned hopelessness. It all depends what is meant.

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