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Basics

In this lesson, we will cover how although, but, and however are used. Primarily, we will cover how they are used to connect ideas or clauses with contrasting ideas.

Although is a conjunction, with the same meaning as but. It introduces an idea, which is in contrast to the main clause.

But is a conjunction that joins two clauses, and comes at the beginning of the second clause.

However is an adverb, and it doesn’t not technically connect two clauses. It is used after a period or a semi-colon, and is normally separated from the sentence with a comma.

Examples

Although is used as a conjunction that introduces an idea, which will be contrasted.

  • IDEA: Although we’re happily married, CONTRAST: I sometimes miss my single days.
  • IDEA: Although I dislike him as a person, CONTRAST: he’s excellent at his job.

Whenever we use although, there will be something surprising or unexpected about the following main clause. In speech, you can also use although in the second part of the sentence, after the comma, but it is more common and more correct to use it at the beginning of the sentence. Additionally, you should always use although in front of the reason, rather than in front of the contrast. The contrast is the surprising part of the sentence.

  • We’re happily married, although I sometimes miss my single days.
  • He’s excellent at his job, although I dislike him as a person.

NOTE: though is also used in regular speech for this purpose. In this format, it has the exact same meaning as although.

  • Though it’s raining, I’m still having a wonderful birthday.

But can provide the same meaning as although. Structurally it is different, and cannot be used at the beginning of the sentence. But always introduces the contrast.

  • We’re happily married, but I sometimes miss my single days.
  • He’s excellent at his job, but I dislike him as a person.

But as a conjunction never goes at the beginning of the sentence.

But we’re happily married, I sometimes miss my single days.

In short

Although can go at the beginning of the sentence, or between two clauses. It is more appropriate before the first idea.

But can go between two clauses.

In proper English, although and but are never used together:

Although she had just eaten lunch, but she was hungry

Correct options:

  • Although she had just eaten lunch, she was hungry.
  • She had just eaten lunch, but she was hungry.

However is not actually a conjunction, but an adverb. It can be used to loosely connect two thoughts or ideas, but it generally comes after a period or a semi-colon, or is separated from the sentence with commas.

  • He wasn’t drinking at the party. However, his parents did not believe him.
  • He wasn’t drinking at the party; however, his parents did not believe him. (compound sentence)
  • His parents, however, did not believe he wasn’t drinking at the party.
  • His parents did not believe him, however.


Lecciones de inglés con “Although or But”

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