Although vs Though
Difference between although and though is a must know fact if you are interested in using these two conjunctions accurately in English language. These two words, although and though, are often used as interchangeable ones. That use cannot be considered right as there is a clear difference between although and though. The word though is a powerful one in the sense that it can be used as a liberal conjunction at 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.
What does Though mean?
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.
Though he was busy, he could allot some time to go to the hospital.
He was very sad though he recovered later.
There was no crowd. It was a huge 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:
He could allot some time to go to the hospital though he was busy.
He was very sad and recovered later though.
Though it was a huge event, there was no crowd.
Look how the three sentences remain 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.
What does Although mean?
As mentioned before although 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 at the beginning of a sentence. This is one of the main differences between the two words although and though. Unlike though, although is used at the beginning of a sentence as in the following sentence.
Although she was late, she was given permission to participate in the event.
What is the difference between Though and Although?
• Though is a liberal conjunction. Although is not a liberal conjunction.
• Though can be used at the beginning, middle or at the end of a sentence. Although is used as an introductory word at the beginning of a sentence.
I was unclear as to their correct uses. This was explained very well, for an English speaker like myself. Thanks.
vendeTTa - Seek 'n Destroy says
ramasubbu kumaravel says
very good definition my doubts cleared
I get it, but can you show some examples of how it’s used incorrectly. I think I can understand more clearly that way.
So…. no real difference in meaning, just a difference in how they can be used?