Though

'Though' is commonly used in spoken English. It functions as both a conjunction and an adverb. In this lesson, we will discover more about it.

How to Use "Though" in English?

'Thogh' functions as both a conjunction and an adverb. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Though'

'Though' as a Conjunction

'Though' maninly functions as a conjunction. Below, we will see the kinds of conjunctions it is:

Use

'Though' as a Subordinating Conjunction

'Though' can be a subordinating conjunction and connect a dependent clause to an independent one. Look:

  • One is used to say that despite something, the result was unexpected or surprising. Look:

Percy Shelly was an anarchist though he was living in Victorian England.

It was raining lightly though the sun was shining in the sky.

  • This one means 'but'. Study the following examples:

I saw her come out of the theatre, though I'm not sure.

My coworker seems to be sad though she did not mention anything to anyone.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'though' is used to connect a subordinate clause to the main one, we can put it at the beginning of the subordinate clause or between the two clauses. Look at the following examples for more clarification:

I felt happy, though I wasn't exactly sure why.

Even though we could see the hatred in her eyes, she maintained her composure.

Warning!

Please note that whenever we have 'though' at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence, it is obligatory that we use a comma. Please look:

Though she was sleeping, her mother invited guests over.

My fiancée felt free, though no one could ignore his sadness.

'Though' as an Adverb

'Though' can also be used as an adverb. Below, we will discuss the kinds of adverbs it can be:

Use

'Though' as a Commenting and Viewpoint Adverb

This one is more common in spoken English. When we want to state a fact, an opinion, etc., and make it less important or less definite, we use 'though' as an adverb of viewpoint and commenting. Take a look at the following examples:

Several emotional traumas in a month. They haven't decided to visit a therapist, though.

Many people were dead in the explosion today in Iraq. America will not stop, though.

Position in a Sentence

When we are using 'though' as an adverb, we mainly put it at the end of the sentences. Look:

It looks exciting. Isn't it a bit dangerous, though?

She is evil. You still care for her though.

Though vs. Although

Although both are nearly identical in meaning, it is important to know that we can never use 'although' at the end of the sentence.

Idioms and Expressions with 'Though'

We have several idioms with 'though' that are pretty common among native English speakers. Below, we will learn all about them:

  • Even though: This one is used to show contradiction. Look:

Even though she was a talkative girl, she kept silent all evening.

Even though I could sense the fakeness of her actions, I believed her.

  • As though: This one is used to indicate that something is in a way that makes you think it is true. Look:

She kept ignoring me as though I was the one who had disrespected her.

you keep shouting at your husband as though he is your enemy.

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