“sin embargo” in Spanish – Meaning and use of this phrase

SIN EMBARGO in Spanish - Meaning and Use

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish phrase sin embargo.

sin embargo is a connector that means “however” or “nevertheless” in English.

It expresses an opposition between the two elements or sentences it connects.

In this lesson we will learn how to use sin embargo, and read some example sentences.

Meaning of “sin embargo”

sin embargo means “however” or “nevertheless”.

It is similar in its meaning to another Spanish word: “pero” (English “but”).

Both “sin embargo” and “pero” express opposition between two elements.

The difference is that sin embargo communicates a more emphasized opposition.

Use in sentences

sin embargo can appear at several spots in the sentence, although its most common place is at the beginning.

No matter where it is placed, sin embargo is frequently isolated from the rest of the sentence by a period and/or commas.

Example sentences

The following 3 sentences have the same meaning: “Laura is very nice. However, today she’s acting a bit stupid”.

Notice how “sin embargo” can be placed at different spots:

Laura es muy simpática. Sin embargo, hoy está un poco tonta.

Laura es muy simpática. Hoy, sin embargo, está un poco tonta.

Laura es muy simpática. Hoy está un poco tonta, sin embargo.


And the following 3 sentences mean: “Carlos hasn’t studied. Nevertheless, he’s going to take the exam”:

Carlos no ha estudiado. Sin embargo, va a hacer el examen.

Carlos no ha estudiado. Va a hacer, sin embargo, el examen.

Carlos no ha estudiado. Va a hacer el examen, sin embargo.