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    Anyways

    These two phrases seem to be the best translations for ANYWAYS:
    в любом случае
    так или иначе

    As in:
    Это произошло бы в любом случае. (It would have happened anyways.)
    Кто же он думает, что он так или иначе? (Who does he think he is anyways?)

    Are these phrases and translations correct or is there a better phrase for anyways?

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    The first one is fitting. No problem there. The second doesn't make any sense. I suggest something like:

    Кем он себя возомнил? Кем он себя считает вообще?

    All in all, this is not a word that can be translated with just one word. Adjustments have to be made to accommodate to different shades of meanings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobert View Post
    Who does he think he is anyways?
    кем он себя считает, в конце концов?
    "в конце концов" is similar to "after all".
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    Someone told me that "anywayS" is good to use only when you talk to your close friends, etc. That is, VERY informal. That said, when you are looking for a Russian equivalent you have to decide whether to keep this stylistic feature in Russian or drop it (and possibly notify us as to which one you prefer ).
    Both "в любом случае" and "так или иначе" are pretty much formal cliches. Informal things like that are "на хрен", "блин", "бля"(obsc), "вообще" or even "ваще" (phonetical contraction like "gonna" or "whatcha").

    - Да кто он ваще такой?!
    - Кем он там себя возомнил на хрен!
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    - В любом случае/так или иначе, это случилось бы.
    (I see it best with pure "anyway", not anyways) and I incline to use the formal versions, accordingly. They are interchangeable, I guess, so it's no matter which one to use. Well, maybe случае...случилось бы - sounds a bit rough so I'd personally use "так или иначе".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medved View Post
    Someone told me that "anywayS" is good to use only when you talk to your close friends, etc. That is, VERY informal.
    It is informal, but not necessarily VERY informal. There may be regional differences, but my experience as a person living in California is that it can be used in most situations.

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    my experience as a person living in California is that it can be used in most situations
    Well, who told me was a Canadian guy, he said this word was not something you would say in front of the President
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