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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, 2013 at 14:07
  • On a different note, as seems dispensable.
    – Kris
    Apr 27, 2013 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! Apr 27, 2013 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, 2013 at 15:26

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"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? Mar 19, 2014 at 7:03
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    isn't there contrast between F grade and his Nobel Prize of Einstein? why can't we say 'Although Einstein took an F in math, he won the Nobel Prize'? Jan 28, 2017 at 14:27
  • btw, the correct spelling is Prize not Price Jan 28, 2017 at 14:28

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