“Although” and “though” are both conjunctions that are used to introduce a contrasting idea. They are often interchangeable and are put at the start of a sentence or clause.

  • Although/though it rained the whole day, we had a good time.”

Differences

1.   “Even” can be used with “though” to add emphasis.
  • Even though the food was delicious, I didn’t eat much.”
    Not – “Even although the food was delicious, I didn’t eat much.”
  • “She somehow managed to pass her exams, even though she barely studied at all.”
    Not – “She somehow managed to pass her exams, she barely studied at all even though.”
2.   “Though” is also an adverb.

As an adverb, “though” is similar to, “but,” “however” or “nonetheless.” This is put at the end of a clause or a sentence.

  • “Fortunately though, Wally got a second chance to fix his mistakes.”
  • “The boss might come in today. I’m not really sure what time though.”
3.   “Though” can be put at the end of a clause or sentence.

This is only possible because “though” is also an adverb.

On the other hand, “Although” can only be put at the start of a clause or sentence as a conjunction.

  • Although/though I like her new album, I prefer her first one.”
  • “I can’t speak French although/though I studied it in high school.”
  • “The necklace looks really nice. It’s a bit expensive for me though.”
    Not – “The necklace looks really nice. It’s a bit expensive for me although.”
4.   “Though” can be used to express a different opinion or a disagreement.
  • “It’s quite expensive, isn’t it?”
    • “It looks nice on you though.”
      Not – “It looks nice on you although.”
      Not – “Although it looks nice on you.”
  • “That was a really bad presentation.”
    • “Really? I thought he made some good points though.”
5.   “Though” is more common in spoken English.

“Though” is also often thought of as less formal compared to “although,” but they are actually interchangeable in formal contexts.

I think “though” is just more colloquial and has more uses.


Original post: 11 June 2021

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