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 are used to show a relationship between two clauses, where the second clause presents a fact or idea that is in contrast to the first clause.

Common Conjunctions of Concession

Here is a list of common subordinating conjunctions of concession:

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

Even Though, Though, Although

The conjunction 'even though' is used to introduce a clause that presents a fact or idea that contrasts with or contradicts the main clause, meaning 'despite the fact that'. Here are a few examples:

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

People are happy, even though there are problems.

Though is used as a conjunction of concession to indicate contrast and means in spite of the fact that. Here are some examples:

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

Though they were talking quietly, he could hear them.

Although is another conjunction of concession that is similar in meaning to 'though' and 'even though'. Here are a few examples:

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

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

Using conjunction of concession to mean in spite of the fact


'Though' is more common than 'although' and it is more frequently used in speaking. 'Even though' is mostly used to indicate emphasis.

Even If

In addition to meaning 'despite the fact that,' the conjunction 'even if' can also have the added meaning of 'in spite of the possibility that'. Here are some examples:

We will play outside even if it rains.

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


The conjunction 'whereas' is used to introduce a clause that presents a contrasting or comparative fact or idea in relation to the main clause. Here are a few examples:

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

Mary loves to read, whereas her sister prefers to watch TV.


The conjunction 'while' can be used like 'whereas' to show the contrast between two facts. It can also be used like '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 sorry for him.

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

Punctuation Rules

Conjunctions of concession are subordinating conjunctions and can be used to connect two clauses. They can be used at the beginning of a sentence with a comma between the clauses, or they can be placed between two clauses, in which case the comma is placed before them. Pay attention to the 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.


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.

Concession Clauses

Concession clauses are created using three parts of speech:

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.


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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