Conjunctions of Concession

Conjunctions are categorized into different groups. In this lesson, we will learn about conjunctions of concession.

What Are Conjunctions of Concession in English?

What Are Conjunctions of Concession?

Conjunctions of concession indicate a contrast between two clauses. They show that an event takes place in contrast with another event.

Remember, conjunctions of concession are subordinating conjunctions, except 'but' and 'yet.'

Common Conjunctions of Concession

Here is the list of common subordinating conjunctions of concession:

All these conjunctions mean 'in spite of' or they have a similar meaning to it.

Even Though, Though, Although

When we use even though it means despite the fact that. Here are a few examples that may help you learn this subordinating conjunction of concession:

Even though she was sad, she managed to say 'hi' to him.

People are happy, even though there are some problems between them.

Though is used as a conjunction of concession to mean in spite of the fact. Here are the examples:

Though she's almost 60, she is still in pretty good shape.

Though they were talking quietly, he could hear them.

Although is used as the same meaning as even though and though. Here are a few examples:

Although his mother was there, he said he hated her.

I couldn't learn to swim although I had a personal trainer.

Tip!

'Though' is more common than 'although' and it is much more common in speaking. If we want to put emphasis, we often use 'even though.'

Even If

Even if has an additional meaning. It can mean despite the fact or it can also mean in spite of the possibility. Here are the examples:

We will play outside even if it rains.

Even if you are tired, you have to study for the exam.

Whereas

Whereas is used to reveal a contrast or comparison with a fact. Here are a few examples that may help you learn it better:

I like foreign holidays, whereas my wife prefers to stay at home.

She seems happy, whereas she broke up with her boyfriend yesterday.

While

The conjunction 'while' can mean like 'whereas' and show the contrast between two facts, but it can also mean as 'although' to indicate that something happens in spite of the fact. Here are a few examples:

While never a big fan, he did watch the games a lot.

We insisted on playing rugby, while he had a broken leg.

But and Yet

'But' and 'yet' are coordinating conjunctions that are used to show contrast and concession. Here are the examples:

Pietro was happy, yet something felt wrong in his heart.

I didn't love him, but I kind of felt pity for him.

I don't understand math, but I am amazingly good at it.

Punctuation Rules

Conjunctions of concession are subordinating conjunctions, so we can use them at the beginning of the sentence with a comma between the clauses. Or we can also use the subordinating conjunction between two clauses with no commas. Here are a few examples:

He thinks I am guilty, although I had nothing to do with the murder.

Even though Marco is tall and handsome, I am in love with Gaz.

Tip!

The conjunction 'though' can sometimes be used at the end of the sentence. Here are the examples:

Though the rooms are small, they are pleasant and airy.

He had the best car, his son was in love with bikes though.

The conjunction 'whereas' is preceded with a comma even when it is used between two clauses. Even 'while' is preceded by a comma when it is used as the same meaning as whereas. Here are a few examples:

I was waiting under the rain, whereas you were trying to flirt with your boss.

The boy started to cry, while the girl was enjoying the game.

The conjunction 'yet' and 'but' are preceded by a comma. Check out the examples:

All people believe he is guilty, yet I am sure he didn't do it.

The weather was awful, but they held the ceremony anyway.

Concession Clauses

Concession clauses are created by three parts of speech.

  1. Conjunctions
  2. Adverbs
  3. Prepositions

In this lesson, subordinating conjunctions were discussed. Let us learn a little bit about the concession adverbs and prepositions.

What Are Concession Clauses?

Concession clauses are used to show a contrast between two clauses. They can be created by concession adverbs, prepositions, and subordinating conjunctions. Here are a few examples:

He is mean to me still I love him.

They thought you would come; however, I was almost sure you wouldn't.

What Are Concession Adverbs?

You can study concession adverbs briefly on the list.

  • Nevertheless
  • However
  • Still

These adverbs are all used to show the contrast between the clauses. Here are a few examples:

They shouted at her; however, she didn't care at all.

I don't know him still he seems dangerous.

What Are Concession Prepositions?

There are some prepositions that can be used to reveal the contrast between the clauses. Here are the prepositions.

  • Unlike
  • In spite of
  • Despite
  • Contrary to
  • On the contrary

Here are a few examples that may help you learn them better.

He won despite being injured.

I translated the context in spite of being awful at the job.

Review

Concession conjunctions are subordinating and coordinating conjunctions that link two contrasted clauses to each other. Here are concession conjunctions:

  • Even though
  • Though
  • Although
  • Even if
  • While
  • Whereas
  • But
  • Yet

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