Part of speech is the basic building block in English grammar. It is a category of words that have the same syntactical meaning.
It includes nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunction, interjection, and determiner. Of the above, the intersection connects two parts of a sentence: phrases and clauses.
There are three types of conjunction: coordinating, subordinating, and correlative. Two widely used words in speech, because and although, fall under the category of a subordinating convergence.
A subordinating conjunction connects a main clause with a dependent clause. The main clause is an independent entity with complete meaning, whereas the subordinate clause is not.
- “Because” is a conjunction used to introduce the reason or cause of an action or event; “although” is a conjunction used to introduce a contrast or a conflicting idea, showing that something is true despite an opposing factor.
- “Because” shows causation, while “although” shows concession or contrast between two statements.
- “because” and “although” are conjunctions used to connect clauses, but they serve different purposes in expressing relationships between ideas.
Because vs. Although
“Because” is a conjunction that is used to show a cause-and-effect relationship between two clauses or ideas. “Although” is a conjunction that is used to show a contrast or a concession between two clauses or ideas and is used to express a contradiction or an unexpected situation.
- “Because” is a subordinating conjunction that gives the cause of something. It is also used as a compound preposition.
- “Although” is a subordinating conjunction that means – despite something. It is also used as a prepositional phrase.
|Parameter Of Comparison||Because||Although|
|Prominent Usage||“Because” is a subordinating conjunction that primarily gives the reason or justification for something.||“Although” is a subordinating conjunction mainly used to provide contrasting information.|
|Other Uses||“Because” is also used for :|
· Introducing facts for a cause of belief
· Immediate use before another part of speech to hide unnecessary information
|“Although” is also used to :|
· Give information about unexpected circumstances
· Give relevant information
· Give a favorable fact for a disregarded thing
|Examples||· He turned the AC on because it was too hot.|
· I think she is angry because we ate her chocolate.
· He stopped working because of pay cuts.
|· Although I am the topper of my class, I don’t receive much attention.|
· Although the pictures are old, they are still in good condition.
· Although the authorities denied any misconceptions, his ghost continued to haunt the neighborhood.
|Position of the Subject and the Verb||“Because” is used to modify a verb or an action. It generally follows the verb.||“Although” is immediately followed by a subject and the corresponding verb.|
|Alternate Role||“Because” can be used as a compound preposition. For this, we use “because of” in the sentence.||“Although” can be used as a prepositional phrase. For this, we have to change the subject-verb structure of the sentence.|
When to Use the Word Because?
“Because” is a subordinator used to connect two phrases or clauses. The general structure that the sentence takes is :
- Main Clause +because +Subordinate clause
Its most general use is to justify an action. Example :
- I killed the ant because it came my way.
- I patrol around because I am a policeman.
Besides, it can be employed to hide unnecessary details and make the sentence concise. Example :
- I stopped the practice because exhausted.
- I am unable to find my wallet because stolen.
It is also used to express a person’s belief. Example :
- I think he took the joke on him because he is not talking to us.
Finally, it can also be used as a compound preposition. Example :
- His sore throat is because of the cold drink he had last night.
- She has lost her job because of my complaint.
However, one important thing to remember is that one should not use a comma before the conjunction because. The independent clause must be carefully scrutinized before ascertaining the use of a comma.
When to Use the Word Although?
“Although” is a subordinator used to give contrasting information. It starts with a fact or information and then turns the situation unexpectedly.
Its most general use is to apprise about unexpected circumstances. Example :
- He lived a miserable life, although he had a trove full of gold.
- Although she had initially approached him, she ultimately refused the marriage.
It is widely used to disseminate pertinent information regarding a topic. Example :
- Although the head office is closed, you can carry the documents to the magistrate’s house.
- I will try to complete the project, although I have an important meeting tomorrow.
It can also strike a balance between two parallel aspects of a subject. Example :
- Although a bit arrogant, he is an excellent dancer.
- Although battered, this book has vast information.
The sentence structure has to be modified to use “although” as a prepositional phrase.
However, a comma is necessary to separate the clauses in a sentence from the subordinator.
Main Differences Between Because and Although
- “Because” and “although” are conjunctions. They join different parts of a sentence.
- Both of them belong to the category of subordinating conjunctions. However, they have considerably different uses. The main differences between the two are :
- “Because” gives the justification for an activity, whereas “although” is used to provide contrast.
- “Because” is generally used after a verb, whereas “although” is immediately followed by a subject and a verb.
- A sentence with a conjunction should not use a comma to separate the clauses. On the other hand, it is generally necessary to separate the clauses with a comma when “although” is used.
- “Because” can be used as a compound preposition, whereas “although” can be used as a prepositional phrase.
- But can be used with because in a sentence. However, it cannot be used with although in a sentence. This is because both “but” and “although” convey opposite meanings.
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Emma Smith holds an MA degree in English from Irvine Valley College. She has been a Journalist since 2002, writing articles on the English language, Sports, and Law. Read more about me on her bio page.