Concessive Clauses

Syntax

A Concessive Clause is usually a subordinate clause that expresses a contrast with the concept formulated in the main clause. Concessive clauses are usually introduced by the conjunctons “Even though” or “Although”.

Even though and Although can be found in two different positions within the sentence:

  • At the beginning: Even though/although + sentence 1 (subject+ verb + object) + comma (,) + sentence 2 (subject+ verb + object);
  • In the middle: Sentence 1 (subject+ verb + object) + even though/although +  sentence 2 (subject+ verb + object).
  • Even though this is a university city, you can see many old people in the neighbourhoods. /
    This is a university city even though you can see many old people in the neighbourhoods.
  • Although this is a modern city, it has many historical monuments and a castle. /
    This is a modern city although it has many historical monuments and a castle.

Concessive Clause (a phrase that begins with or includes Even though or Although) is used to express the opposite idea to what is stated in the main sentence.

Even though expresses extra emphasis on the contrasting idea.

Although expresses a simple contrast between ideas.

We use Concessive Clauses as subordinate clauses which express a contrast with the concept formulated in the main clause. Concessive Clauses usually begin with or include either the conjunction Even though or Although.

  • If the clause starts with the conjunction, the structure is:
    Even though/although + sentence 1 (subject+ verb + object) + comma (,) + sentence 2 (subject+ verb + object);
  • If the conjunction is in the middle, the structure is:
    Sentence 1 (subject+ verb + object) + even though/although +  sentence 2 (subject+ verb + object).

For example:
— “Even though I don’t like fish, I will try this food.” = There is a contrast between two clauses.
— “Although I saw him there, I did not say anything to him.” = There is a contrast between two clauses.

NOTE: There is a slight difference in meaning between “Even though” and “Although“, “Even though” expresses extra emphasis on the contrasting idea, whereas “Although” expresses a contrast between ideas.

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