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You use however when you are adding a comment that contrasts with what has just been said.
You also use however to say that it makes no difference how something is done.
Don't use 'however' as a conjunction. For example, don't say 'John always cooks dinner, however I usually wash up afterwards'. You can start a new sentence or clause, for example 'John always cooks dinner. However, I usually wash up afterwards'. Or you can use a conjunction such as but or although, for example 'John always cooks dinner, although I usually wash up afterwards.'
|Adv.||1.||however - despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"|
|2.||however - by contrast; on the other hand; "the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"|
|3.||however - to whatever degree or extent; "The results, however general, are important"; "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"|
|4.||however - in whatever way or manner; "Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet"; "however he did it, it was very clever"|
most men, however, prefer black → la mayoría de los hombres, sin embargo or no obstante, prefieren el negro
however cold it is, we still manage to have fun → por mucho frío que haga, nos las arreglamos para pasarlo bien
he'll never catch us however fast he runs → por muy rápido que vaya or por mucho que corra no nos alcanzará
however hard she tried, she couldn't remember his name → por mucho or más que lo intentaba, no lograba acordarse de su nombre
wait 10 to 15 minutes, or however long it takes → espera 10 ó 15 minutos, o los que sean necesarios
the 5,000 spectators, or however many were there → los 5.000 espectadores, o los que fuesen
take about a metre of fabric, or however much you need → toma un metro de tela o lo que necesites
however we add it up, it doesn't come to 83 → lo sumemos como lo sumemos, no da 83, hagamos la suma como la hagamos, no da 83
however you want or like → como quieras
you can do it however you want → puedes hacerlo como quieras
... however you choose to do it → ... quelle que soit la façon dont tu choisis de le faire, ... quelle que soit la manière dont tu choisis de le faire
however you like, however you want → comme tu veux
However hard she tried, nothing seemed to work → Malgré tout ce qu'elle a essayé, rien n'a marché.