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concessive clause

noun [C] uk   /kənˌses.ɪvˈklɔːz/ us    /-ˈklɑːz/ specialized
a clause, often beginning with "though" or "although", that expresses an idea that suggests the opposite of the main part of the sentence: The sentence "Although he's quiet, he's not shy" begins with a concessive clause.
Translations of “concessive clause”
in Chinese (Traditional) 讓步從句…
in Chinese (Simplified) 让步从句…
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