Wells Fargo’s Steven Maehl asks, “What’s the difference between though and although?”
Short answer: Nothing. They’re interchangeable.
Longer answer: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage (an excellent—and inexpensive—resource) explains it this way:
These conjunctions have been essentially interchangeable since about 1400. . . . Though is more frequently used than although, perhaps because it is shorter. Assertions of delicate shades of difference in formality made by some commentators cannot be confirmed in Merriam-Webster files.
Bam! Take that, “some commentators.” Since 1400.
Your call. Whatever you’re comfortable with.
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