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conjunction     although pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    used for introducing a statement that makes your main statement seem surprising

    Although he’s got a good job now, he still complains.

    She used to call me “Tiny,” although I was at least as tall as she was.

    Davidson fought bravely, and although badly wounded, he refused to surrender.

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    used for introducing a statement that makes what you have just said seem less true or less likely

    She’s a very popular author, although personally I find her books rather boring.

    The Lamberts liked their new home, although sometimes they missed their friends.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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