Can anyone help me with the following sentence? Although some have given me explanations, I still don't understand why there is a comma before 'though'? Then when we should and should not put a comma before the words 'although', 'though', 'because' when they are placed to join two sentences together. Please help.
Thanks in advance.
Aspiring to be an advanced knowledge economy, Beijing needs the great majority, if not all, of our students to success, academically and professionally, though individuals may attain achievement at differeent paces.
AnonymousHi there,A quick answer, though not necessarily the ultimate. You have several phrases, and the last needs to separated from them. Success should be "succeed", the verb
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So do you mean in normal situations, the comma before 'though' should not be there. Since there are several phrases in the sentence, it is better to separate them by using a comma.
It's a paranthesis, a secondary argument, and it must be separated.
See examples here:
'Though' in this sentence isn't clearly defined because of the comma. The only time you would usually put a comma before 'though' would be at the end of a sentence:
This example is right, though. (Meaning 'however')
Or in a phrase that can be put in parenthesis:
This example, though it is simple, is right. (Meaning 'even though' or 'in spite of the fact')
This example, though, is right. (Meaning 'however' in the context of 'on the other hand' – a contrast)
As a conjunction, 'though' begins a dependent clause, and unless it is a parenthetical phrase or contrast, it should never have a comma before it. (The same goes for 'although'.)
Though this example is simple, it is right.
'Though' isn't commonly used to connect sentences, however, and is usually replaced by variations of the same meaning:
This example is right even though it is simple. (Meaning 'despite the fact that')
Aspiring to be an advanced knowledge economy, Beijing needs its students to succeed both academically and professionally; however, individuals may attain achievement at different paces.
AnonymousAspiring to be an advanced knowledge economy, Beijing needs its students to succeed both academically and professionally; however, individuals may attain achievement at different paces.I agree this version of the sentence is more coherent than the original. However, I have one problem with it: the use of the noun "knowledge" to modify another noun, "economy." Though such phrasing has become colloquial, I think it's choppy.
Try: "Because Beijing aspires to have an economy built on advanced knowledge, its students need to suceed both academically and professionally; however, each may do so at his own pace."