Spanish “Sin embargo” – Meaning and Use

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish connector “sin embargo”.

“Sin embargo” means “however” in English. It expresses an opposition between the two elements or sentences it connects.

In this lesson we will learn the meaning and use of Spanish “Sin embargo”, providing example sentences.

1. Meaning of Spanish “sin embargo”

“however” means “however” or “nevertheless”.

  • Sin embargo = however, nevertheless


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

Both “sin embargo” and “pero” express opposition between two ideas. The difference is that “sin embargo” signals a more emphasized opposition.

2. Use and placement of “sin embargo”

“Sin embargo” can appear at several spots in the sentence, although its most common place is at the beginning of the sentence.

And no matter where it is placed, “sin embargo” is almost always isolated from the rest of the sentence, by a period and/or commas.

3. Example sentences

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

See how “sin embargo” can be placed in different spots:

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

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

Laura es muy simpática normalmente. 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.