Although or Though

Although or Though

By Alena Lien, 

11 June 2021

"Although" and "though" are both conjunctions that are used to introduce a contrasting idea. They are often interchangeable.

  • "Although/though it rained the whole day, we had a good time."



1.   "Though" is also an adverb; "although" is only a conjunction.

As an adverb, "though" is similar to "but," "however" or "nonetheless," and is put at the end of a clause or a sentence.

  • "Fortunately though, Wally got a second chance to fix his mistakes."

  • "The boss might come in today. I'm not really sure what time though."

2.   "Although" is put at the start or middle of a sentence; "though" can be put at the start, middle or end of a sentence.

In spoken English, I often hear "although" used at the beginning of a sentence, and "though" at the end of a sentence.

  • "Although/though I like her new album, I prefer her first one."

  • "I can't speak French although/though I studied it in high school."

  • "The necklace looks really nice. It's a bit expensive for me though."

Not - "The necklace looks really nice. It's a bit expensive for me although."

3.   "Even" can be used with "though" to add emphasis.

"Even though" can only be put at the start and middle of a sentence, not at the end.

  • "Even though the food was delicious, I didn't eat much."

Not - "Even although the food was delicious, I didn't eat much."

  • "She somehow managed to pass her exams, even though she barely studied at all."

Not - "She somehow managed to pass her exams, she barely studied at all even though."

4.   "Though" can also be used to express a different opinion or a disagreement in a conversation that you can't really do with "although."

  • "It's quite expensive, isn't it?"

  •       - "It looks nice on you though."

Not - "It looks nice on you although."

Not - "Although it looks nice on you."

  • "That was a really bad presentation."

  •       - "Really? I thought he made some good points though."

5.   "Though" is more common in spoken English.

"Though" is also often thought of as less formal compared to "although," but they are actually interchangeable in formal contexts. I think "though" is just more colloquial and has more uses.

Related expression

"Thanks though

- (informal) to show gratitude when rejecting an offer or when something is no longer necessary.

  • "Hey, wanna grab coffee?"

  •       - "Oh, I actually gotta run. Thanks though. Maybe another time?"

"As if/though" 

- in a way that seems to show something or to describe how a situation seems to be. 

"As if" is more common.

  • "It was my first time, but it really felt as though I'd been there before."

  • "They looked at me as though I was the one responsible for the mess."