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    Although/While "something old" represents the bride's life before her marriage, "something new" means good fortune and success in the bride's new life.

    Which should I use here, Although or While? Is it possible that both of them do fit here? Thanks.

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    Re: Although or While

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Although/While "something old" represents the bride's life before her marriage, "something new" means good fortune and success in the bride's new life.

    Which should I use here, Although or While? Is it possible that both of them do fit here? Thanks.
    'Although' is adversative: Although he was tired, he was happy. ( Tired and happy are contrasted; they may not always go together, but in this case they did.) So you could say:

    'Although she had "something old" to represent life before her marriage, she also had "something new" to represent her future in a new life.' [You're contrasting what the two represent.]


    'While' simply says that both things are concurrently true.

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    Re: Although or While

    Bob, thanks.
    You would prefer although to while in this case, right?

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    Re: Although or While

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Bob, thanks.
    You would prefer although to while in this case, right?
    I wouldn't prefer it. I think 'while' would be suitable for more contexts than 'although'. But I can think of some contexts where I think 'although' would be more appropriate.
    As a general statement:

    While "something old" represents the bride's life before her marriage, "something new" means good fortune and success in the bride's new life.
    Both things are true.

    But an argument might call for an adversative conjunction:

    'The traditional emphasis in marriage is just on the past.'

    'I disagree. Although "something old" represents the bride's life before her marriage, "something new" means good fortune and success in the bride's new life.'


    Alternatively, in that case (the disagreement), you could still use 'while' but change the syntax to emphasize the opposition: 'While "sth old" does represent...'.

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    Re: Although or While

    Thanks, Bob, for the complicated clarification; I'm a little confused.
    If it is a stand-alone question, which fits better? Is it possible that either will do?

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    Re: Although or While

    If it's a stand-alone question, I'd say that 'while' is the better bet. But, as I said, 'although' is possible.

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    Re: Although or While

    Thanks, Bob.

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