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    though/as/that

    1. Child as he was, he had a good command of English.
    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English.
    3. Child that he was, he had a good command of English.
    4. Clever boy as he was, he couldn’t work out the problem.

    I think none of them sounds natural.
    For sentences 1-3, maybe the explicit wording goes like this:
    Although he was a child, he had a good command of English.

    For sentence4, maybe it can be reformed as:
    a. Clever boy that he was, he could work out the problem easily.
    b. Though he was a clever boy, he couldn’t work out the problem.

    My question:
    What do you think of sentences 1-4? I mean what about their history and what's the condition of their present (daily) use?


    Many many thanks in advnce.

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    Re: though/as/that

    1. Child as he was, he had a good command of English.
    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English.
    3. Child that he was, he had a good command of English.
    4. Clever boy as he was, he couldn’t work out the problem.
    5. Although he was a child, he had a good command of English.
    6. Even though he was a child, ...

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    Re: though/as/that

    Thank you, Soup.

    I was taught either as, though or that has the same meaning of THOUGH, and they can be used interchangeably, which I know now is not the case. That said, however, I find that I have plunged into another pit-- I am trapped that it seems to me the structures that go as follows are sometimes considered to be correct and sometimes wrong. I cannot crack the nut.

    1. adjective + as/though/that + subject + verb, main clause.
    2. noun+ as/though/that + subject + verb, main clause.
    3. adjective + noun + as/though/that + subject + verb, main clause

    Would many people think that they are wrong structures? (You know, I really read of the structures in my English-English dictionaries). If not so, I must get something wrong with the real meanings of the three words (as/though/that ) when they're used in these structures--- and maybe, the meaning of the sentence, with these perky words, always changes from what I think it is? Or, would there be a style question?


    Looking forward to your reply and thanks again.

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    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English. This one is OK too.

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    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English.
    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English. This one is ok too

    That interests me. Why do you guys have different opinions here?

    Could you spare me a few minutes on it?


    Thanks again.



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    Re: though/as/that

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English.
    2. Child though he was, he had a good command of English. This one is ok too

    That interests me. Why do you guys have different opinions here?

    Could you spare me a few minutes on it?


    Thanks again.


    'Child though he was....' is another, and completely acceptable, way to say: 'Even though he was a child...'

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