Unit 9.1

Concessive Clauses – 1

Complex Clauses - 2 minutes

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Introduction

A concessive clause is usually a subordinate clause that expresses a contrast with the concept formulated in the main clause.

Form

Concessive clauses usually follow the concessive conjunctons although, even though or though.

The positions of a concessive clause in a sentence are:
Main clause + Concessive Conjunction + Concessive Clause
Concessive Conjunction + Concessive Clause + comma (,) + Main Clause

NOTE: We cannot use though at the beginning of a sentence.

Example

  • This is a modern city although it has many historical monuments.
    Although this is a modern city, it has many historical monuments.
  • This is a university city even though you can see many old people here.
    Even though this is a university city, you can see many old people here.
  • The essay was interesting, though she got a low mark.

Use

We use although, even though and though to express the opposite idea to what is stated in the main clause. They all mean: despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that.

Summary

Concessive clauses are subordinate clauses which express a contrast with the concept formulated in the main clause.

Concessive clauses usually follow the concessive conjunctons although, even though or though. They all mean: despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that.

We start with the main clause followed by a concessive conjuction and a concessive clause (we don’t use a comma here). We can also start with a concessive conjuction followed by a concessive clause, a comma and the main clause.

For example:
“I don’t like fish although I will try this food.” / Although I don’t like fish, I will try this food.” = The fact that I will try this food is in contrast with the fact that I don’t like fish.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. And take a look to the {Example} that show its use within a context.

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