"Though" vs "Even Though"

by Francisca

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

Could you explain what are the differences between "even though" and "though". I've found lots of sentences using these words, but I am still confused with what exactly it means if I put "even though" at the beginning of a sentence and put "though" at the end of a sentence.

Thank you in advance.
Hi Cisca, This is a common question that my students in Madrid use to ask me. There are several things to remember:

"Though" means "however or but"
I'd like to go the the gym, though I know I shouldn't because of my back.

"Even Though" means "dispite"
Even though my doctor recommened that I rest this week, I went to the gym.

*Please note that Even though does not always have to be placed at the beginning of the sentence.

I went to the gym, even though my doctor recommened that I rest for a week.

Though is used to include a contrasting idea.

So imagine that you say that it is very late (in the evening). You also want to say that you want to go out.

It is late, though I'd really like to go out.

**Though is generally used for contrasting your thoughts or ideas rather than you actions.

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