‘Nonetheless’ was originally three words (none the less) and became one word less than 100 years ago. It has the same meaning as ‘despite that’ or ‘even though.’
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a levy on
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Complete the sentences. Choose the correct word and then use the correct form of the word.
- In the UK the government recently ______________ a bedroom tax on all homeowners. (nonetheless, levy)
- When you come into Australia the customs checks are quite tough; ______________ in the US where security is taken very seriously. (likewise, nothwithstanding)
- Their different backgrounds _______________ Ahmed and Belinda are both good ambassadors for our cause. (nothwithstanding, invoke)
- Economic sanctions are sometimes _______________as a form of control. (likewise, invoke)
- Punishments on some crimes are quite minimal, ______________ the crime rate is low. (levy, nonetheless)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. nonetheless 3. notwithstanding 2. likewise 1. levied 4. invoked