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Though/ in spite of ...Concession
A 'concession' is a contrast between a predicted action and a circumstance which should logically prevent the action. The action is opposed to the expected logic.
ex : He went out, although it was raining cats and dogs ...
1) Conjunctions :
* although = though /even though = even if; these conjunctions are often used at the beginning of the clauses they introduce. Though is sometimes placed at the end of the sentence.
ex : He's still at work, though he shouldn't be...
ex : I wouldn't give you the answer, even if I knew it.
ex : This dress is beautiful! It's not expensive though! You should buy it!
2) Adverbs :
* yet = however = still /nevertheless.
ex : He's a lot smaller than you are; however, he looks much stronger.
When however has the same meaning as nevertheless and when it's used at the beginning of a clause, however must be preceded by a semi-colon.
ex : He told me not to repeat it ; however, I did it.
3) Prepositions :
* unlike/ in spite of = despite are followed by a noun or a gerund.
ex : I have learnt Latin, unlike my sister who preferred Greek.
ex : Despite his being a foreigner, he speaks as well as we do.
* contrary to/ on the contrary.
ex : Contrary to his brother who is fluent, he doesn't speak Italian at all...
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