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However Vs Although – Usage

To understand However and Although, we need two sentences.

Sentence 1 Sentence 2
At nine, she complained of shoulder and neck pain which was managed with one tablet of Normison and two of Panadol.  An hour later, she looked distressed, pale and sweaty.

However is used to start a new sentence or the second part of a sentence with an opposite idea. Make sure that the information you present after “However,” should be opposite or partly opposite to the previous sentence. Look at the two sentences above:

  1. Sentence 1 – Her pain was managed, which means, she was pain free for some time.
  2. Sentence 2 – She developed distressed, pale and sweaty. Her condition worsened.

Now, study how we can use however and although for the same situation:

However

  • At nine, she complained of shoulder and neck pain which was managed with one tablet of Normison and two of Panadol. However, an hour later, she looked distressed, pale and sweaty.
  • At nine, she complained of shoulder and neck pain which was managed with one tablet of Normison and two of Panadol; however, an hour later, she looked distressed, pale and sweaty

Although

  • Although her pain was managed with one tablet of Normison and two of Panadol, an hour later, she looked distressed, pale and sweaty.
  • Although her shoulder and neck pain was managed with one tablet of Normison and two of Panadol, an hour later, she looked distressed, pale and sweaty.

NB 1: Do not forget the comma after however. NB 2: Although can be found at the starting or in the middle of a sentence.

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