- 1used for introducing a statement that makes the main statement in a sentence seem surprising synonym though Although the sun was shining, it wasn't very warm. Although small, the kitchen is well designed. Language Bankhoweverways of saying “but” Politicians have promised to improve road safety. So far, however, little has been achieved. Despite/In spite of clear evidence from road safety studies, no new measures have been introduced. Politicians have promised to improve road safety. In spite of this/Despite this, little has been achieved so far. Although politicians have promised to improve road safety, little has been achieved so far. Some politicians claim that the new transportation policy has been a success. In fact, it has been a total disaster. Government campaigns have had a measure of success, but the fact remains that large numbers of accidents are still caused by careless drivers.
- 2used to mean “but” or “however” when you are commenting on a statement I felt he was wrong, although I didn't say so at the time.
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