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Old 06-12-2008, 01:50 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Is never mind correct or do you always have to use nevermind?
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:05 AM
 
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The two have different connotations, I think. Never mind means "don't worry, it's all right". Nevermind means "forget about it, here's the real point". Someone correct me if I'm wrong?
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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actually it's never mind. if you type nevermind on microsoft word, you will see it comes up as a wrong spelling.

"dont worry" would be never you mind (which is not really proper english-its just a southern slang)
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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If you are writing something informal to a friend, I wouldn't worry about it, though "never mind" seems more correct.

If you are writing something formal, though, don't use either form. Use "please disregard" or "The situation has been resolved," or something of that sort.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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You could also possibly use never-mind. I personally think that nevermind would be correct, even though spell check says that it is not. By combining the two words 'never' and 'mind' you are indicating one meaning, by separating the two words with a space you more then likely are trying to convey that same meaning, but since each word is individual it could be read as something else. Using the hyphen has the same effect as combining the two words.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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nevermind is not a word.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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It's two words. It's not one word made from two, like "somewhere" or "anybody". It's an imperative verb phrase consisting of a verb (MIND) and an adverb modifying it (NEVER, used in a special sense in this case). To see that it is not one word, try conjugating it as one word and see what you get:

I nevermind, you nevermind, he neverminds ... I neverminded ... etc. See? It doesn't work that way. There is no such verb as "nevermind". The verb is "mind" (as in "don't mind me" or "mind the music and the step"), with "never" as a modifier.

So unless you're talking about an album by Nirvana, or some other idiosyncratic usage, it's two words.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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I disagree, and stand that it it can be one word.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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It is definitely two words. Oh, never mind.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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nevermind is not a word.
Ah, but it was to Kurt Cobain.
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