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Even though we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends.

Although we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends.

Which is the one above correct?

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Though might be even better. – Kris Apr 27 '13 at 14:07
On a different note, as seems dispensable. – Kris Apr 27 '13 at 14:17
Sentence two is better. I would also eliminate the word "as": Although we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just friends. Might you be talking about a relationship between a male and a female? If so, you might be describing a "platonic" relationship, one in which there is no romantic involvement or commitment. For a humorous perspective on the "platonic" relationship, see the scene in the movie "When Harry Met Sally," in which Harry insists that a man and a woman cannot be just friends! Funny! – rhetorician Apr 27 '13 at 14:26
@rhetorician Yeah, I saw the movie. I think it's truth. Until, today I haven't been able to build a friendship with a woman (and I've been trying really hard). – janoChen Apr 27 '13 at 15:26
up vote 6 down vote accepted

"Although" is a way to show a contrast between what you say and what it is.

"Even though" is preferred when you say something that brings to a negative concept, but the result is positive. "example: Even though Einstein took an F in math, he won the Nobel price"

So, in this case, I think that is better with "although".

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Interesting, I've never heard that. Do you have any references for that? – Paul Draper Mar 19 '14 at 7:03

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