Although vs Though
Although and Though are two words that are often used as interchangeable ones. In fact there are some important differences between the two words. The word ‘though’ is a powerful one in the sense that it can be used as a liberal conjunction in the beginning, middle or at the end of a sentence.
On the other hand the word ‘although’ cannot be called a liberal conjunction since it can be used only in the beginning of a word to be suited. Occasionally it can be placed at the end of the main clause in a long sentence. Usually it is placed at the start of a sentence. In fact it is used as an introductory word in the beginning of a sentence. This is one of the main differences between the two words ‘although’ and ‘though’.
It is important to note that the word ‘though’ is used in an informal sense during academic writing. The usage of the liberal conjunction ‘though’ can be observed carefully in the following sentences.
1. Though he was busy he could allot some time to go to the hospital.
2. He was very sad though he recovered later.
3. There was no crowd. It was a very big event though.
Observe all the three sentences given above. You will see that the conjunction ‘though’ is used in the beginning of a sentence in the first sentence, in the middle of the sentence in the second sentence and in the end of the sentence in the last sentence. Hence it can be surely said that the liberal conjunction ‘though’ can be nicely used in all the three places without altering the meaning of the word.
It is important to note that the three sentences given above can be re-written by changing the position of the conjunction ‘though’. They would look like:
1. He could allot some time to go to the hospital though he was busy.
2. He was very sad and recovered later though.
3. Though it was a very big event there was no crowd.
Look how the three sentences remained the same in their meaning in spite of the fact that the position of the liberal conjunction ‘though’ was changed in the three sentences! This is the beauty of the usage of the word ‘though’. On the other hand ‘although’ is used in the beginning of a sentence as in the sentence ‘Although she was late she was given permission to participate in the event.’