How to Use "At Any Rate" Correctly?

At any rate is a phrase you probably hear a lot in conversations or read in written works, whether formal or informal. In the sentences that follow, at any rate means "anyway", "anyhow" or "in any case": 

  • At any rate, unless he gave everything away to the poor, he would find it much harder to get to heaven.
  • You live and learn. At any rate, you live. 
  • At any rate, I'll certainly be there before the party begins.

The expression at any rate is also similar to the meaning of at least or alternatively. Check out the following examples:

  • Enjoyment outweighs pain in this world, or they are at any rate balanced.
  • A good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor a poisonous tree good fruit. So by their fruits at any rate, you will recognize the false teachers.
  • My manager asked me to produce an entire season, or at any rate a film before the end of the quarter.
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