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Wednesday, March 14

Even, Even though, Though and Although






These expressions (even, even though, though and although) are all confusing because they look very similar. 




Let's try to discuss each of them: 





1.       Even = something surprising or unexpected



Ex. (He knows many languages)  He can even speak French.

      (I don’t have money)       I don’t even have small change.

      (Anybody can do it)        Even children can do it.





2.       Even though = but



Ex. Even though it’s raining, we went out.

      He’s happy even though he’s poor.

      He passed the test even though he didn’t study.






WARNING: Be careful because “even” is an Adverb or an Adjective. On the other hand, “even though” is a Conjunction or a Connector




So:



    S + V <--- even (put inside)


--          while –



S + V even though S + V

Even though S + V, S + V



Please don’t fall for this mistake that many students make:




Even S + V, S + V  X




3.       Although = but (the same meaning / “even though” is stronger)



Ex. Although it’s raining, we went out.

     He’s happy although he’s poor.

     He passed the test although he didn’t study.




4.       Though = but (the same meaning / "even though" is stronger)



Ex. Though it’s raining, we went out.

     He’s happy though he’s poor.

     He passed the test though he didn’t study.





*Note: In spoken English, “though” is usually placed at the end of the sentence. Like this:



              Ex. It’s raining. We went out though.

                    He’s poor. He’s happy though.

                    He didn’t study. He passed the test though.



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3 comments:

  1. Hey I'm kimbbong from lang8

    You even prepared audio file!
    I even learned even. :D

    l've got these easily from you. Thx!

    Oh.. I have a question. Can I use 'by' instead of 'from' above?

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  2. Hi Kimbbong! And welcome to my Blog!! ;-)


    Please feel free to post any other questions or comments like this anytime you want.


    Well, I'm a bit confused which sentence you mean... I guess you're talking about "I've got these easily FROM you," right?


    If so, I have to say no. You can't use "BY" in this particular sentence.


    Because the Object of your Preposition is a person, you were right in using "FROM."


    "BY" is often used to talk about methods/ ways ex. by email, by taxi, by asking etc.


    Hope you got it! Thanks for dropping by ;-)

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  3. Thanks for explaining kindly :D

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