A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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Although and But/ Because and So
1. They have the same meaning.
“But” goes between the two clauses. “Although” goes before the first of the
two clauses, and the clauses are divided by a comma.
It should be “Although I live in a house with my friends, I still feel lonely
because my family is far away” or “I live in a house with my friends but I
still feel lonely because my family is far away”. You can’t use “but” and
“although” together because they basically have the same meaning.
4. a) The have the same meaning.
b) They have different meanings. In the first sentence “I didn’t have much
time” is the consequence and “I had stopped for a sandwich” is the reason.
In the second sentence it is the other way round: “I didn’t have time” is the
reason and “I just stopped for a sandwich” (rather than a real meal) is the
c) They have the same meaning.
“Because” goes before the reason, but “so” goes before the consequence.
“Because” and “so” have the same functions (linking reason and
consequence) and so you can’t use both together. It should be “Because
she is my friend, I am happy to listen to her problems” or “She is my friend
so I am happy to listen to her problems”
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011