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Clauses of contrast



Fisher21
Albania

Clauses of contrast
 
Hello. I’ve been trying to put together a few conjunctions / prepositions for contrast clauses and I came up with the following sentences – could any of you dear native speakers check whether all of them sound natural? 
A. Although the weather was bad, we went swimming. 
B. We went swimming although the weather was bad. 
C. Though the weather was bad, we went swimming.
D. We went swimming, though the weather was bad. 
E. We went swimming. The weather was bad, though. 
F. The weather was bad, yet we went swimming. 
G. The weather was bad. However, we went swimming.
H. The weather was bad. We went swimming, however. 
I. While the weather was bad, we went swimming. 
J Whereas the weather was bad, we went swimming. 
K. Despite the fact that the weather was bad, we went swimming. 
L. In spite of the fact that the weather was bad, we went swimming. 
M. We went swimming despite the bad weather / Despite the bad weather, we went swimming. 
N. We went swimming in spite of the bad weather / in spite of the bad weather, we went swimming

14 Jan 2021      



yanogator
United States

They all sound good to my US ears.
 
Bruce 

14 Jan 2021     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

They sound fine to my English ears. Does still count? The weather was bad, but we still went swimming. And what about nevertheless
Lynne  

15 Jan 2021     



FrauSue
France

I don´t think that I and J work.
You cannot start a sentence with "whereas," and "while" is ambiguous as it could also mean "during the time that."
The rest seem fine to me. 

15 Jan 2021     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Yes, FrauSue is right.

16 Jan 2021     



Fisher21
Albania

Thank you all for your answers, I still have doubts about I and J... Are you absolutely positive that I and J are wrong?

16 Jan 2021     



FrauSue
France

Hi Fisher21,
 
I is grammatically correct but the meaning is ambiguous, so I wouldn´t use this particular phrasing. 
As far as J is concerned, I was wrong to say you cannot start a sentence with "whereas," sorry. It is possible in certain situations, but not this one. It must introduce a direct contrast. (Saturday was surprisingly sunny, whereas the weather was bad on Sunday.)
 
I hope that makes sense. 

17 Jan 2021     



marinouki
Greece

Good morining! Everything is ok!

18 Jan 2021