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Examples:

Mary thought the man was nice-looking. It wasn't enough to lower her defenses, though.

Tom crossed his arms on the table. He did it so hard, though, he hurt his elbows.

Sophie stopped finding meaning in things. Not in a spiritual or philosophical way, though; things simply ceased to make sense to her.

In what other way can I convey the same meaning without using the word though?

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    Just leave out the word "though" in every case you have written so far. – Oldcat Aug 28 '14 at 1:32
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    how about however? It can be a drop-in replacement in 1 and 3. In 2. it probably needs a however, that he... – Jim Aug 28 '14 at 1:33
  • Jano: Agreed with @OldCat. What are you trying to convey with all the "though"s? How do you feel about the sentences with them removed? Do you feel they lack something, then (and if so, what)? – Dan Bron Aug 28 '14 at 1:34
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    Or delete all the thoughs and start the clauses they follow with buts. – StoneyB Aug 28 '14 at 1:40
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    No, I meant that the original sentence suggests the paradoxical case where spiritually and philosophically, things still make sense, but things no longer make sense. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Aug 28 '14 at 15:55
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If you feel that each of these sentences needs a transition word, you can use three different ones appropriately enough:

Mary thought the man was nice-looking. Nevertheless, that wasn't enough to lower her defenses.

Tom crossed his arms on the table. Unfortunately, he did it so hard that he hurt his elbows.

Sophie stopped finding meaning in things. Not in a spiritual or philosophical way, however; things simply ceased to make sense to her.

The most suitable transition word in a particular instance depends on the context in which it is to appear. But there are many ways to move things along without depending overmuch on though and although—and often multiple options are available to you that will do the job equally well.

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Mary thought the man was nice-looking, but that wasn't enough to lower her defenses.

Tom crossed his arms on the table. He did it so hard that he hurt his elbows.

Sophie stopped finding meaning in things. Not in a spiritual or philosophical way; things simply ceased to make sense to her.

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