In your second sentence, I would say "though not a professional singer".
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Can anybody explain why the second sentence is correct in terms of structure?
He's not a professional singer, but he sang this song beautifully.
-> Though no professional singer, he sang this song beautifully.
There's virtually no book talking about this way of using "though", so is there any explanation for this or is it a common usage among native speakers?
Let's have a look at this example
Toenail growth, ..... only about 2 mm per month, was also up on the figure obtained in a similar survey done 70 years ago. (FCE Trainer, Cambridge)
Peter May, the author says only A can go with “only about 2 mm per month.” In this question, choice C, D are impossible because if either of them fits, both of them fits the space. So we might as well choose A but the problem is if there's any grammar point for this? By the way, there's no Cambridge grammar book discussing this matter.
Last edited by thienan123456; 17-Apr-2014 at 00:36.
"Though no professional singer, he sang this song beautifully."
This is an acceptable and not uncommon construction. I would not change it, and besides, I think you're after an explanation of this phrase rather than just being given an alternative.
It means "[Al]though he's no professional singer ..."
"No" is often used this way. It means something like "not any type of". It implies that he falls well short of something - in this case, being a professional singer. It can also means "He's definitely not a ..."
"I can sing a little, but I'm no Caruso."
"Relax. Though I'm no surgeon, I know how to remove a splinter!"
"I can boil an egg, though I'm no chef."
In these contexts, 'no' has connotations beyond 'not a'; they are not interchangeable.
Last edited by Raymott; 17-Apr-2014 at 11:40.