Anyway, Anyhow, At Any Rate, At Least
These words are often confused. They have similar meanings. They can mean ‘what was said before doesn’t matter – the main point is as follows’.
- I am not sure what time I will arrive. Anyway / anyhow / at any rate I will be there before 10 o’clock.
Anyhow can mean ‘by one means or another’.
- The door was shut and I could not open it anyhow.
Anyhow can also mean ‘carelessly’; ‘without order’.
- The work was done all anyhow.
At least is used to suggest that one thing is all right even if everything else is unsatisfactory.
- The building was totally destroyed in the fire. At least nobody was hurt.
Anyway does not mean the same as any way, which means ‘by any method’.
- Can you help me in any way?