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Would it be considered good style to end a sentence with 'however' ? 

For instance, 'Emma cannot go with us to the library. Her sister will be coming to the meeting however.' The type of text is email. 

Thanks

PBF
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Fine, but be sure to precede it with a comma.
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Cool. 'Her sister will be coming to the meeting, however.'  

Just wondering, would ending a sentence in formal contexts be just as fine as well?  

Thank you Mister Micawber.

PBF
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However is listed in the dictionary as a conjunction or an adverb.
Sentences never end in a conjunction, since the function of a conjunction is to logically link two or more sentences, clauses or phrases. If "however" can be replaced with "but", and keep the intended meaning, then it should not be placed at the end of a sentence.
However placed at the end of a sentence reads as an afterthought (thinking out loud or "oh, by the way").
Emma can't come to the library, however (but) her sister will be attending the meeting. (It implies that Emma's sister will substitute for her, or give Emma information that she might miss. The two events are connected.)

Emma can't come to the library. Her sister will be attending the meeting, however. (It gives the impression of - Oh, by the way, or by coincidence. There is little or no relationship implied between the two events.)
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Her sister will be coming to the meeting, however.'

Just wondering, would ending a sentence in formal contexts be just as fine as well?
Yes, that is fine.
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I disagree with this usage of however:
"Emma can't come to the library, however (but) her sister will be attending the meeting."

"However" and "but" have similar meanings, but they are not interchangeable. I would change the sentence to this:
Emma can't come to the library; however, her sister will be attending the meeting.
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AnonymousEmma can't come to the library; however, her sister will be attending the meeting.
This is indeed the recommendation of many style manuals, but in practice the advice is probably more often disregarded than observed. Emotion: sad

CJ
My dictionary does not list 'however' as a conjunction.
Merriam Webster does, but defines it very narrowly, as meaning 'in whatever manner or way'.
eg Do it however you can. (= Do it in whatever way you can.)

This thread focuses on 'however' as an adverb.
That's why these are correct
eg Emma can't come to the library; however, her sister will be attending the meeting.
eg Emma can't come to the library. However, her sister will be attending the meeting.
eg Emma can't come to the library. Her sister will be attending the meeting, however.
and this is incorrect.
eg Emma can't come to the library, however, her sister will be attending the meeting.
eg Emma can't come to the library, however her sister will be attending the meeting.

Clive

Subordinating Conjunctions

subordinating conjunctions : Everything English

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Subordinating conjunctions – e.g. “while”, “though”,“however”, “despite”, “because”, “since” – imply that one condition in a sentence depends on (i.e. is subordinate to) another. Commonly, they are used to indicate exceptions to a rule or highlight an alternative, as in:
  • While he was happy in his new home, he missed his friends and family.
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