though at the end of a clause


what's the meaning of "though" used at the end of a clause? For istance: I'm not bothered, though. Can you explain me the meaning and show mw some samples, please?

asked Nov 16 '12 at 22:21 LANGUAGEFINDER New member

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Tolley's answer was great, but I don't think it is correct to use 'however' as a conjunction as in that last example sentence - 'however' is a sentence adverb, not a conjunction:  Jane called Jack a bad name; however, I am not bothered, or Jane called Jack a bad name.  However, I am not bothered would be correct.


I am pasting in a handout I use whenever I get questions about 'though' as conjunction and adverb, based on something I found online several years ago.  It basically supplements what Tolley has said.


though as conjunction


We usually think of "though" as a conjunction as the more informal alternative of "although",
introducing a subordinate clause of contrast. When we use though or although, they introduce an
idea that makes the statement in the main clause seem surprising:


(Al)though I was late for the meeting, I decided to go nevertheless

(Al)though the sausages were past their sell-by date, I ate them and didn't become ill.


though as adverb


"Though" is used as an adverb with a meaning similar to "however". Again it indicates a contrast. Used in this way, it occupies either mid or end position in a sentence and makes the previous statement or idea seem less true or appealing:


I thought Steve's essay was very good. ~ Yes, he made some good points and it was good in parts.
It was a bit repetitive, though.


I drove that new convertible the other day. Very impressive. ~ Isn't it rather expensive, though?


It seems he's still suspected of the crime. His main defence, though, is that he spent the evening with his girlfriend and she seems totally credible.

link comment answered Nov 17 '12 at 06:05 Shawn Mooney Expert

In the example, though and but is similar in meaning

I was tired.  I did not go to bed early though.

link comment answered Nov 17 '12 at 06:03 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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