High School English Quiz - Grammar 25 - Connectors - Concession (Questions)

In the last few High English quizzes on grammar, we have been introduced to several connectors and we found out under what circumstances they could be used in sentences. We now turn our attention to another set of connectors - those that are used to show concession.

The connectors ALTHOUGH, EVEN THOUGH, DESPITE and IN SPITE OF are the connectors that are used to show concession, and they follow certain rules of grammar. Take a look at these sentences:

‘ALTHOUGH it was snowing, he walked to the tube station.’
‘IN SPITE OF the rain, he walked to the tube station.’

In the examples above the connector in the first sentence introduces a concessive clause, and the connector in the second sentence is followed by a noun. DESPITE and IN SPITE OF can also be followed by a VERB + ING form as in this sentence:

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‘DESPITE his having enough strength, he couldn’t beat him.’

While the connectors we have talked about can also be used to show contrast, these work as connectors for showing concession. The essential difference is that these connectors are used to put forth a contrasting point that has to be considered and so devalue the opposing point’s value to the reader. We can understand better with examples:

If we were to fill a slot for the 11th place in the Indian cricket team, the selectors have to choose between Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. While both of them are equally good fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma is a better batsman and Umesh Yadav is a better fielder. Now, two selectors can put forth the view as follows:

Selector 1: "Although Umesh Yadav is a good fielder, Ishant Sharma can be useful as a better batsman, so he should be chosen."
Selector 2: "Although Ishant Sharma can bat, Umesh Yadav can be useful as a better fielder, so he should be chosen."

In the example cited above we notice that the two players have not only been contrasted but have also been given concessions for their good points. Take the quiz on grammar that follows and learn more with examples of connectors that show concession.

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1. Choose the sentence or sentences with the correct connector.
[ ] Although I am quite short, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. Therefore, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. Moreover, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. So, I can play volleyball very well.
2. Choose the sentence or sentences with the correct connector.
[ ] Incidentally I limp a little, I can walk fast.
[ ] I'm afraid I limp a little, I can walk fast.
[ ] I limp a little. Consequently, I can walk fast..
[ ] Even though I limp a little, I can walk fast.
3. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Even though my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[ ] Despite my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[ ] Although my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[ ] Whereas my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
4. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Even though his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament .
[ ] Although his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament .
[ ] In spite of his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament.
[ ] However of his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament.
5. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Although Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[ ] In spite of Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[ ] Even though Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[ ] Options 1 and 3 are correct but option 2 is wrong.
6. Choose the sentence with the wrong connector.
[ ] Despite he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] Although he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] Even though he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] In spite of having enough money, he refused to buy a house.
7. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'despite'?
[ ] Being despite absent for many days, he did very well in the tests.
[ ] Despite he did very well in the tests being absent for many days.
[ ] Despite being absent for many days, he did very well in the tests.
[ ] Being absent for many days, despite he did very well in the tests.
8. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'in spite of'?
[ ] In spite of the our election voting, Sheela for she lost.
[ ] Sheela lost the election, In spite of our voting for she.
[ ] In spite of our voting for Sheela, she lost the election.
[ ] In spite of our voting for she, Sheela lost the election.
9. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'even though'?
[ ] Sanskrit is not guaranteed, even though the Government of India protects officially its survival.
[ ] Sanskrit is not guaranteed, even though the officially Government of India protects its survival.
[ ] Sanskrit is not officially guaranteed, even though the Government of India its survival protects.
[ ] Even though the Government of India officially protects Sanskrit, its survival is not guaranteed.
10. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'although'?
[ ] Although my father is from India, I have never been there.
[ ] Although my father is never been from India, I have there.
[ ] My father have there never been, although I from India is.
[ ] My father although, never been is from India I have there.
High School English Quiz - Grammar 25 - Connectors - Concession (Answers)
1. Choose the sentence or sentences with the correct connector.
[x] Although I am quite short, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. Therefore, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. Moreover, I can play volleyball very well.
[ ] I am quite short. So, I can play volleyball very well.
'Although' is the connector that is used to show concession. The connectors in the other options do not show concession
2. Choose the sentence or sentences with the correct connector.
[ ] Incidentally I limp a little, I can walk fast.
[ ] I'm afraid I limp a little, I can walk fast.
[ ] I limp a little. Consequently, I can walk fast..
[x] Even though I limp a little, I can walk fast.
'Even though' is the connector that is used to show concession. The connectors in the other options do not show concession
3. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Even though my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[x] Despite my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[ ] Although my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
[ ] Whereas my paying for the ticket, I was not permitted to enter the movie hall.
'Despite' is the connector that is used to show concession. Remember that 'although' and 'even though' are connectors for concession but in the above sentences they are wrong because they do not introduce a concessive clause. Also, note that 'despite' and 'in spite of' are used when they are followed by a noun or verb + ing form. The connector used in option 4 is not appropriate
4. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Even though his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament .
[ ] Although his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament .
[x] In spite of his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament.
[ ] However of his injured wrist, Juan del Potro won the US Open Tennis Tournament.
'In spite of' is the connector that is used to show concession. Remember that 'although' and 'even though' are connectors for concession but in the above sentences they are wrong because they do not introduce a concessive clause. Also, note that 'despite' and 'in spite of' are used when they are followed by a noun or verb + ing form. The connector used in option 4 is not appropriate
5. Choose the sentence with the correct connector.
[ ] Although Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[ ] In spite of Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[ ] Even though Malabar Hills is close to the Metro Station, Kemp's Corner is near the enchanting Hanging Gardens.
[x] Options 1 and 3 are correct but option 2 is wrong.
Both options 1 and 3 are correct and use an appropriate connector for concession. We emphasise the good feature of Kemp's Corner by using 'although' and 'even though' before the information about Malabar Hills. The connector in option 2 is one of concession but cannot be used when we introduce a concessive clause
6. Choose the sentence with the wrong connector.
[x] Despite he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] Although he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] Even though he had enough money, he refused to buy a house.
[ ] In spite of having enough money, he refused to buy a house.
Remember, a concessive clause is one which begins with "although" or "even though" and which expresses an idea that suggests the opposite of the main part of the sentence. 'In spite of' and 'despite' have to be used with a following noun or a gerund (verb + ing). Check the usage in option 1 and option 4
7. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'despite'?
[ ] Being despite absent for many days, he did very well in the tests.
[ ] Despite he did very well in the tests being absent for many days.
[x] Despite being absent for many days, he did very well in the tests.
[ ] Being absent for many days, despite he did very well in the tests.
Remember 'In spite of' and 'despite' have to be used with a following noun or a gerund (verb + ing)
8. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'in spite of'?
[ ] In spite of the our election voting, Sheela for she lost.
[ ] Sheela lost the election, In spite of our voting for she.
[x] In spite of our voting for Sheela, she lost the election.
[ ] In spite of our voting for she, Sheela lost the election.
Remember 'In spite of' and 'despite' have to be used with a following noun or a gerund (verb + ing)
9. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'even though'?
[ ] Sanskrit is not guaranteed, even though the Government of India protects officially its survival.
[ ] Sanskrit is not guaranteed, even though the officially Government of India protects its survival.
[ ] Sanskrit is not officially guaranteed, even though the Government of India its survival protects.
[x] Even though the Government of India officially protects Sanskrit, its survival is not guaranteed.
Remember, a concessive clause is one which begins with "although" or "even though" and which expresses an idea that suggests the opposite of the main part of the sentence
10. Which sentence has correctly used the connector of concession, 'although'?
[x] Although my father is from India, I have never been there.
[ ] Although my father is never been from India, I have there.
[ ] My father have there never been, although I from India is.
[ ] My father although, never been is from India I have there.
Remember, a concessive clause is one which begins with "although" or "even though" and which expresses an idea that suggests the opposite of the main part of the sentence