What's the difference between While and Whereas , and although , though and even though?
I have problems teaching them to my students.
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.
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.
I have heard even although, but it sounds very odd.
Last edited by BobK; 05-Mar-2007 at 12:45. Reason: PS added
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