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In this sentence, is "Understand it though I do" grammatically correct?

Understand it though I do, the logic of such a conception I could not explain even if I tried to.

If so, in what ways can though be used similarly?

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    From the idiomatic perspective, it's a very clumsy construction, so I think probably it's either from a relatively competent learner, or an relatively incompetent native speaker (unsuccessfully trying to emulate a formal register that he's not actually very familiar with). The idiomatic standard here would be Even though (or Although) I understand it [I could not explain the logic of such a conception]. It might have been a bit more likely from competent speakers a couple of centuries ago, but I'm not sure of that. – FumbleFingers Sep 6 '16 at 18:02
  • Agreed. Today, this sounds like something that would be used for comedic effect by a Sheldon-like character. – arbitrarystringofletters Sep 6 '16 at 18:23
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This sentence is using inversion (twice). It is perfectly grammatical, but may look more familiar/readable written as:

Though I do understand it, I could not explain the logic of such a conception even if I tried to.

Here's the first inversion:

Understand it though I do, the logic of such a conception I could not explain even if I tried to.

And here's the second inversion:

Understand it though I do, the logic of such a conception I could not explain even if I tried to.

You can read more about inversion here.

  • Familiar with the term inversion I was not, but its meaning I will now retain. Cool. +1 – Richard Kayser Sep 7 '16 at 4:54

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