Using even so and all the same

These expressions are usually used in a three-part structure. In the first part, the speaker/writer introduces some arguments. Then he/she contradicts these arguments with some counter arguments. In the third part the speaker/writer dismisses these counter arguments and endorses the original ones.

Study the following examples.

I cannot agree with capitalism. It is true that capitalistic economies are richer and larger. Even so, the concentration of wealth in a few hands is basically evil.

Here the first and the third statements endorse the same idea – that capitalism is evil. The second statement introduced by the expression ‘it is true that’ counters the first statement, but the writer then dismisses it with the expression ‘even so’.

She is not very talented. Of course she is hugely successful and has a legion of fans. All the same, I cannot appreciate her work.

Here the second statement contradicts the first. The third statement contradicts the second statement and endorses the first.

It was a successful film. It is true that it didn’t win any awards. Even so / all the same / nonetheless, it set the box office on fire.

The most common expressions used to introduce the counter statements are: it is true, certainly and of course.

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