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    Position of "though"

    While reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I came across a sentence that struck me as peculiar:

    Gloomy and oppressive though the house was, it had been their one safe refuge: even, now that Kreacher was so much happier and friendlier, a kind of home.
    Wouldn't it be more common to say:

    Though the house was gloomy and oppressive, it had been their one safe refuge: even, now that Kreacher was so much happier and friendlier, a kind of home.
    or are both equally common? Is there any other way to reorganize the first part of that sentence, whithout removing or adding words?

    And lastly, would it be correct to say:

    Gloomy and oppressive although the house was, it had been their one safe refuge: even, now that Kreacher was so much happier and friendlier, a kind of home.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Position of "though"

    Both constructions 1 and 2 are fine and common.

    No, it would not be correct to use "although" as you have done.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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