In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- We also have many ways of saying that, though something may, in fact, not be the case, it could be.
- Trivial though facts may be, he wanted to know what he was up against.
1.1(despite the fact that)aunquethough the house is small, it is very comfortable — aunque / a pesar de que la casa es pequeña, es muy cómoda
- the house, though small, is very comfortable — la casa, aunque / si bien (es) pequeña, es muy cómoda
- though you may find this hard to believe — aunque te cueste creerlo
- good though the book is, it could have been better — aunque el libro es bueno podría haber sido mejor
- Mine experts said that drilling, though slow, was still the best way to reach the men.
- Declan did a good job running the event, though he should have been tougher on the slow players in my opinion.
- The fact on which he now relies is that though he stole, he did not in fact threaten violence.
- Continental drift also has an effect on the weather, though the process is much slower.
- A well used before the tsunami is still in use though it too was swamped by the waves.
- The best of the heckling, though born out of animosity, was seasoned by spontaneous wit.
- The trade, though lucrative, was quite separate from the rest of his thinking.
- The onion bhaji, though hardly a revelation, was polished off fairly smartly by Tim.
- In the winter I tend to cover longer distances in the pool, though I swim at a slower speed.
- Weak and ill though he was, he still held all the reins of power, and refused to let them go.
- In form, though comparable in concept to the Sutton Hoo stand, it is unique for England.
- This practice, though sacred in the eyes of our ancestors, appears ridiculous to us.
- The house itself, though imposing from the outside, is in fact a very comfortable size.
- This player, though inconsistent, knows his way around a grass court and could be tricky.
- In fact, though the alarm has some basis in fact, it should be treated with scepticism.
- In truth, though clever and apparently effective, that blow had failed to hurt her.
- He is always open to all points of view, though he is also absolutely sure of what he wants.
- He did not call an expert in Planned Maintenance, though given leave to do so.
- My face, though frosted with new snow, has a warmth in the cheeks that defends the bone.
- Haylage is becoming more popular and though it is more expensive than hay, has a higher feed value.
1.2(but)aunqueI wouldn't have thought it likely, though you may be right — no lo hubiera creído posible, aunque puede (ser) que tengas razón
- His car has not yet been traced, though police believe it is still in the UK.
- Two bombs hit the ship, neither of which exploded, though one man died in the raid.
- The order was obeyed despite there being no authority - though by then it was too late.
- Adjusting its controls takes no time at all, though small icons can be difficult to make out.
- The Japanese still have a chance of qualifying, though they need at least another goal.
- The bore was cylindrical and held a double reed, though single reeds are sometimes shown.
- Both are near the university, though the former is a bit more posh and expensive.
- New lighting will also be installed, though the final details have yet to be decided.
- This is an enjoyable, though average, transposition of comic book heroes to the big screen.
- Installing the software is a trifle, though using it isn't immediately a piece of cake.
- It had occupied a favourable, though unenviable, position at the crux of two world wars.
- The route is a combination of moorland tracks and field paths though no great climbs are involved.
- He tried it in a local chalk pit where he usually rode and was pleased with it, though he found brake problems.
- At the Black Bull the liquid refreshment was welcome though the food was unexciting.
- Mrs Evans was not present at the inquest, though other members of Mr Evans' family were.
- If it is possible to get a ticket then get one, though I fear they will be difficult to obtain.
- These stories could have come from any of the tabloids from the last few weeks, though actually they belong to the distant past.
- The train may be flooded out tomorrow, though I expect it will just be late and slow.
- Possibly these were folded in or had been removed, though I might have missed them.
2literary(even if)aunquethough we die in the attempt — aunque muramos en el intento
1(nevertheless, however)it is easy, though, to understand their feelings — sin embargo, es fácil comprender sus sentimientos
- the course is difficult; it's interesting, though — el curso es difícil, pero es interesante
2informal(just, indeed)he's very talented — isn't he though! — tiene mucho talento — ¡si tendrá …!
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