Today we’re going to look at something that I get asked about all the time so I want that last my Catholic people a very simple it’s not as complicated as everybody thinks how to Use Vocabulary first: let’s start with these three these three though although and even though these are used with adverb clauses now just to refresh your memory :
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what is a Claus a Claus is any group of words that has a subject and a verb it must have a subject and a verb and these three are used to show contrast so what does all this mean in general you’re going to have a long sentence this sentence is going to have two clauses.
1 Clause will have this advert marker in it the other Claus will be an independent clause means that the sentence that can stand by itself what this does is it shows a contrast or something that’s very different from one cause to the other Claus so within that one sentence you have contrasting ideas like positive and negative or you think this is going to happen but really :
that happened something very different from what you expect”
despite and in spite of these are prepositions, and they are used with a phrase now what is a phrase a phrase is also a group of words but it doesn’t need to have a noun, or it could have a verb, or it could have neither but usually it has at least one or a gerund,
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but we’ll get to that, but it also shows contrast “before I give you some example sentences to understand all this let’s look; at each one separately though and although what is the difference no difference though is this a little bit more informal.
you can use either one at the beginning of a sentence or middle of a sentence the biggest difference is that you can end a sentence with though you can’t really end a sentence with although and again when you end a sentence with though it’s a very informal sentence ok, so you have to keep that in mind:
Informal now that doesn’t mean that this is formal it just means that this is informal if that makes any sense how about even though even though also shows a contrast but it’s a much stronger contrast it adds emphasis but what is the emphasis on ok this is what is important what is the focus on the expectation so for example the beginning of the sentence has one idea.
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You think this must be the second part but no something very different is the second part and this is a very strong emphasis on this expectation when-
I give you; some example sentences you understand what I’m talking about despite and in spite of these are exactly the same except one word three words for this one right but they work the exact same way you can interchange them one mistake that many people do they say in despite of or this despite of something they mix them be ;very careful despite your phrase in spite of your face don’t mix the two up there are two different things with the same meaning ok this- will be much clearer once i put up some examples so let’s do that. let’s start with although though and even though i have basically the same sentence for different ways ok although the exam was difficult.
I think I did well now hear the contrast is between difficult and doing well right that’s the contrast difficult means doing badly but here’s an opposite :
very easy i started with although i give you the opposite is your subject and here’s your verb and then here’s your subjects and here’s your verb again we want to talk about the extra clothes at the end there that’s your main one now the same sentence i can switch it around i can say i think i did well although the exam was difficult beginning and doesn’t matter the only difference would be the, if you be if you put this as the second Clause know ,
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if you begin a sentence with the adverb marker you have a , i think i did well though the exam was difficult Ok yeah so that’s my mistake there sorry about that here we have it in the second part; i could put although here I could put though here both would be okay doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence one is just informal ;one is just regular no problem here what i did is i wanted to show you how to put it at the end, so I split up the sentence into to the exam was difficult .
This is finished i think i did well though now here i put a comma when-
I put though at the end now again this is informal this is people sometimes speak you can have it in writing but not in formal writing but you see how; i can put it at the end I can’t put although here if that doesn’t work you have to use though at the end of the sentence in informal situations now here i change the sentence a little bit even though the exam was easy I failed now what’s the difference here the exam was difficult.
I think i did well so that there is a contrast but it’s not very strong contrast right here the exam was easy.If i hear the exam was easy i expect that you did very well right that’s the whole idea but I field that’s drastic drastic means that it’s an entirely different result than what I expected that’s why I’m using the even though even though it was easy .
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I failed this should not happen after this right so the difference is so high from the expectation that you want to use even though to emphasize that we make that difference okay i hope everybody understands that more or less the same in most situations you can use any one- of the three won’t make that much of a difference this one has a certain feeling to it a strong difference so when you’re writing an –
essay for example sometimes it will make a difference even though or although but usually not ok let’s look at despite in spite of ok now let’s look at despite and in spite of so first of all despite his best efforts the man just couldn’t succeed so I forgot to put a little .