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14 Oct 2019 — Though

 

What does though mean in this context?

 

 

Mother and child with phone

I know you want me to let you play with my phone. I'd like you to make me a promise though.

 

Select one or more options.
 

1.

I know you want me to let you play with my phone. I'd like you to make me a promise, OK?

2.

I know you want me to let you play with my phone. I'd like you to make me a promise however.

3.

I know you want me to let you play with my phone. I'd like you to make me a promise even though.

4.

I know you want me to let you play with my phone. I'd like you to make me a promise first.

 

GLOSSARY

condition  – (grammar term) something that must happen first before another thing can happen. (If A then B) I won't tell him anything if he asks me.  (He may or may not ask.)

concession – (grammar term) admitting that something doesn't logically fit, something is an exception, or something is conditioned  I won't tell him anything even though he asks. (He likely will ask.)

contrast (N) – the central idea or situation of one clause is opposite to the idea or situation in the second clause

fulfill (V) — complete a promise, obligation, pledge or contract.

precondition  (N) – a condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done. (If A then B, if B then C) This mostly applies to promises, pledges or contracts.  You don't want me to tell him anything.  You have to pay me $5 though.

 

SOURCES

  •  Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. (p. 737)
  • Pinker, Steven. “A Linguist's Guide to Quid Pro Quo.”The New York Times, Oct 7 2019. nytimes.com/2019/10/07/opinion/pinker-trump-zelensky.html
  • Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005. (49.4)

 

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A mother and child looking at a device.  By marcisim. Pixabay, 10 Apr 2015.  pixabay.com/photos/love-child-family-mother-momma-746678/