Origin of althoughMiddle English from all, al, even + though
Buying something even if it is expensive is an example of although.
- Regardless of the fact that; even though: Although the room is big, it won't hold all that furniture.
- But; however: He says he has a dog, although I've never seen it.
Origin of althoughMiddle English al all ; see all . though though ; see though .
Usage Note: As conjunctions, although and though are generally interchangeable: Although (or though ) she smiled, she was angry. Although usually occurs at the beginning of its clause (as in the preceding example), whereas though may occur elsewhere and is the more common term when used to link words or phrases, as in wiser though poorer. In certain constructions, however, only though is acceptable. When though introduces only a part of a clause rather than a whole clause, although is not possible: Most people in attendance applauded loudly after the performance, though (not although ) not everyone. Another construction that requires though is the following: Fond though (not although ) I am of sports, I'd rather not sit through another basketball game.
- When conjunctions, the words "although" and "though" are generally interchangeable:
- Although she smiled, she was angry. = Though she smiled, she was angry.
- "Although" is usually placed at the beginning of its clause, whereas "though" may occur elsewhere and is the more common term when used to link words or phrases (as in "wiser though poorer"). In certain constructions, only "though" is acceptable:
- Fond though I am of sports, I'd rather not sit through another basketball game.
From Middle English, from Old English althagh, compound of eall (“all (emphatic)”) + þeah (“though”)
- Although she was far away, she could see that he was watching her.
- It was recognized as the flu, although records describe conditions which were highly likely to have been polio.
- Although the issue was not discussed, it was far from out of her mind.
- She had always wanted children, although this wasn't the way she had intended to start a family.
- Although she had said the words "I love you," several times, he had not uttered them.