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    Dear sir,
    What's the difference between While and Whereas , and although , though and even though?
    I have problems teaching them to my students.
    Sincerely Yours,
    H.Ahmadi


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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by stargirl View Post
    Dear sir,
    What's the difference between While and Whereas , and although , though and even though?
    I have problems teaching them to my students.
    Sincerely Yours,
    H.Ahmadi

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by stargirl View Post
    Dear sir,
    What's the difference between While and Whereas ...
    When used as a conjunction that doesn't refer to time, they are very close in meaning:

    My brother is quite short, whereas/while I am tall.
    I like beetroot, while/whereas my wife loathes it.


    'Whereas' is a little more formal.

    However, when 'while' refers to a relationship in time, it is distinct:

    She prepared the dinner while listening to the radio programme. 'Whereas' can't be used here.

    Quote Originally Posted by stargirl View Post
    ...and although , though and even though?
    I have problems teaching them to my students.
    Sincerely Yours,
    H.Ahmadi
    'though' and 'although' are given in many dictionaries as equivalent. They often are.
    Though/although young, he is wise.

    They are not always interchangeable though:

    He is young; he is wise though. [You can't use 'although' here.]

    'Even' in this context is an intensifier:

    Although/Though you want to give up, keep going.
    Even though your muscles are begging you to give up, you must keep going at all costs.


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    PS
    I have heard even although, but it sounds very odd.
    Last edited by BobK; 05-Mar-2007 at 13:45. Reason: PS added

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    Re: grammar

    Afterthought:

    In poetry and/or emphatic/rhetorical usage, with the subjunctive, I think maybe 'though' is favoured - although 'although' is possible:

    Though the road be long
    Let your heart be strong


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