I wrote the following two sentences while I was writing an essay. What I'm not precisely sure is that whether it is acceptable to use both "nevertheless" and "indeed" in the same sentence. The main reason for this is that both of these words are linking words with different meanings.

Professional sports professionals play a prominent role in the world. For that reason, many children and teenagers tend to select professional athletes as their role models. Nevertheless, there are, indeed, both merits and demerits associated with this trend.

dileepamerits and demerits

Many learners misuse these words. They are not interchangeable with advantage and disadvantage.

Boy Scouts award merit badges when all the tasks of a project are completed. (Adjective)

This solution merits further investigation. (verb)

Bonus pay is based on merit. (noun, having a certain qualification, meeting requirements)

His lawsuit is baseless. It has no merit. (noun, justification)

He was fined $150 and received two demerit points on his driving record. (adjective - negative marks)

Under the demerit system, a repeat offender would appear before a board of officers to discuss possible demotion.

How many kids on the school's demerit list?


To use "nevertheless" there has to be something for there never to be the less than. You don't have anything like that here. "Nevertheless" means "despite that", and you seem to be saying that the trend is both good and bad despite the fact that kids choose these role models, which is nonsense. That aside, I see no problem in using your two words together when it makes sense to do it.

By the way, "merit" and "demerit" are not opposites in that way, and "merit" is not the best word with "associate". Maybe "advantages and disadvantages".

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