grammatical word: albeit


Today I want to write about one of my favorite words in the English language: “albeit”. It’s a rather sophisticated way to say “although”, but the grammar in sentences using “albeit” is a little different. Also, the pronunciation of this word is /all BE it/. If you’re not sure about pronunciation, I recommend using The Free Dictionary online. The link for this site is on my blog. Each entry of The Free Dictionary has a pronunciation icon which will tell you the natural pronunciation of each word, usually both in British and American pronunciation.

Anyway, here are some examples of how to use “albeit”:

My friend just bought a very nice car, albeit a cheap one.

I’m having a house built. The builders are making progress with it, albeit very slowly.

Martin Richards is a novelist who writes very interesting, albeit strange, science fiction books.

Jake helped me with my project, albeit reluctantly.

So, as you can see, the word “albeit” is followed by either an adjective or an adverb. As I mentioned before, this is a rather sophisticated word in English, and even most English native speakers don’t use it. Generally speaking, highly educated people would use this word so, if you can use it correctly in a conversation, you will sound very intelligent! 🙂


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