The Alternative English Dictionary: although

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although Alternative forms: altho (informal), altho', allthough (obsolete) etymology From Middle English, from Old English althagh, compound of eall + þeah pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ɔːlˈðəʊ/
  • (US) /ɔlˈðoʊ/, /ɑlˈðoʊ/ (for speakers with cot–caught merger)
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  1. Though, even though, in spite of the fact that: introducing a clause that expresses a concession. exampleAlthough it was very muddy, the football game went on.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.”
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 20, , “The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen.…The second note, the high alarum, not so familiar and always important since it indicates the paramount sin in Man's private calendar, took most of them by surprise although they had been well prepared.”
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  2. But, except. exampleIt was difficult, although not as difficult as we had expected.
  • When conjunction, the words "although" and "though" are generally interchangeable: Although she smiled, she was angry. = Though she smiled, she was angry.
  • "Although" is usually placed at the beginning of its clause, whereas "though" may occur elsewhere and is the more common term when used to link words or phrases (as in "wiser though poorer"). In certain constructions, only "though" is acceptable: Fond though I am of sports, I'd rather not sit through another basketball game.
Synonyms: (in spite of) notwithstanding (that), even if, albeit (that), even though
related terms:
  • though
  • even though
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