Knowing when to use even though and when to use because can sometimes be a little tricky. So let’s talk about how each is used in English sentences.
We use even though to show that the information in the clause is surprising, is unusual. For example:
Robert feels great even though he only got a few hours of sleep last night.
Since Robert only had a few hours of sleep, it is surprising, it is unusual that he is feeling great – we would expect that he would feel very tired if he only had a few hours of sleep. That’s why we use even though in this sentence.
Here is another example:
Even though the traffic was bad this morning, Jessica got to work on time.
It is surprising that Jessica got to work on time because the traffic was bad. We would expect that she would have arrived late to work because of the bad traffic, but she didn’t. She arrived on time.
We use because to show why something happened. We have a logical reason to explain something when we use because. Here are a couple examples:
We enjoyed our time at the beach because the weather was beautiful.
Because Timothy found a better-paying job, he was able to buy a new car.
It is a good idea to occasionally use sentences with "even though" and "because" because it adds variety to your writing. In your writing, you want to use a mix of simple sentences, compound sentences, and complex sentences. This will help increase your reader's interest in and enjoyment of your academic writing.
So, again, we use even though (as well as though and although) when we give information that is surprising or unusual, as in Linda had a great time at the party last night even though she had a headache. And, we use because to give a logical reason as to why something happened, as in Today Linda is feeling better because her headache went away.
So now it is time for some practice! Complete each sentence with even though or because. Have fun! Then check your answers below.
1. (Even though / Because) Donald bought a new TV yesterday, he wants to stay home and watch sports all day today.
2. Caroline didn’t know what happened to Larry’s bicycle (even though / because) they live next door to each other.
3. (Even though / Because) it was raining and cold, Samuel wanted to visit the park.
4. Maria was so happy (even though / because) her daughter was accepted into medical school.
5. My parents visit us several times a year (even though / because) it is a long trip for them.
6. Barbara is looking for a new job (even though / because) she wants a job that pays more.
1. Because Donald bought a new TV yesterday, he wants to stay home and watch sports all day today.
2. Caroline didn’t know what happened to Larry’s bicycle even though they live next door to each other.
3. Even though it was raining and cold, Samuel wanted to visit the park.
4. Maria was so happy because her daughter was accepted into medical school.
5. My parents visit us several times a year even though it is a long trip for them.
6. Barbara is looking for a new job because she wants a job that pays more.
What do you find most difficult about the uses of even though and because? Do you have any tips to help you remember when to use each? Please share your comments below!
Matthew Huseby, M.A.
My Language Success LLC