Meaning of Although

The term or group of terms that allow linking words or propositions is called conjunction. The word although, in this framework, is a conjunction that can be used in different ways.

Although it can be used as an adversative conjunction to achieve the opposition between two ideas. In this case, although it is synonymous with but. For example: “I am a little late, although I think I will arrive before the start of the show”, “Today is cool, although yesterday it was colder”, “My sister has already visited a score of countries, although she would like to know even more nations ”.

If we analyze the first of these examples, we see that although it opposes the “delay” of a subject to the fact of arriving, anyway, on time. In the second example, the conjunction enables an opposition between a “fresh” and a “colder” day, while the third example compares a number of countries visited with the desire to continue visiting new territories.

The concept of although also appears as a concessive conjunction. These conjunctions belong to the group of coordinated conjunctions, which link terms or propositions of the same syntactic level. Concessive conjunctions express an inconvenience or an objection to what is expressed in the main sentence, but without this problem preventing its concretion.

What a concessive conjunction is introducing a problem to prótasis (subordinate clause) but fails to avoid what is expressed in the apodosis (prayer principal): “Even though I feel bad, go to work”, “Although the teacher is very rigorous, he is a fair man “, ” Although I do not feel like cooking, I will prepare dinner.

Among the synonyms that the word in question has and that can be used at one time or another based on the meaning that is sought, we can highlight some such as nevertheless, although, although, but…

One of the main problems that exist with the word, although it is that many people have many doubts about whether it is written together or separately. A doubt that is the result of the fact that it is made up of two elements that function independently such as “even” and “what”.

However, the rules are very clear in this regard: although everything is written together. And that is how the RAE makes it very clear.

One of the most popular expressions that we have and that we use frequently uses precisely the word that we are now analyzing. We refer to the old phrase: “Although the monkey dresses in silk, the monkey stays”. It is an expression of uncertain origin since there are many theories that exist in this regard. Among those is the one that states that its origin is found in an Egyptian fable.

The meaning of that phrase is that, no matter how much anyone tries to hide their appearance, the truth is that this will not prevent them from doing the same with their way of being, their origins…

In the same way, we cannot ignore the existence of numerous songs that, in their titles, use the word that we address. Examples are “Although you don’t know it” by Enrique Urquijo or “Although I can’t see you” by Álex Ubago.