Sentence: Tired though / as / that she was, she went to bed early.

This kind of structures are often tested, and I feel puzzled about them.

  1. Patient though /as / that / he was, he was unwilling to wait three hours.

  2. Hard though /as / that / she tried, she failed to pass the exam.

  3. Tired though /as / that / she was, she went to bed early.

  4. Tired though /as / that / she was, she sat up studying last night.

  5. Cold though /as / that /it is, the children are playing outside.

  6. Poor though /as / that / they were, they gave money charity.

Here the intended meanings of “though /as / that /” are “Even though/though”. Are the above sentences correct?

Many thanks in advance.

as…would appear to be the most apt answer to all of your examples.

Tired as
Patient as
Poor as

All would be acceptable.

The correct word is “as.” You can test this matter by rearranging the sentence:
“As she was tired, she went to bed early.”
Conversely, in a similar but opposite sentence, “Tired though she was, she stayed up to watch the news.” Again, you can test this by rearranging it to, “Though she was tired, she stayed up to watch the news.”

The correct choices for the 6 sentences are:

  1. though
  2. though
  3. as
  4. though
    5 though
  5. though
    Another way to test such sentences, is to put the word in question at the beginning of the sentence. For instance, it would make no sense to say, “As they were poor, they gave money to charity,” or, “As she tried hard, she failed to pass the exam.”

dont be too anxious. These are just concession inversion. There’s still another structure but as it’s a dated one so… Try as she did, she didn’t succeed. In grammar, both as and though are correct but notice that when being taught something new, teachers always told us to use the 1st answer listed if there’s an alternative. And here, it’s as.

When we abandon logic in our speech, it devolves into gibberish. If you don’t see why the use of “as” is correct ONLY in example 3, you just don’t grasp how the language works. You put yourself on a level with those who use double negatives in ignorance of why there’s a general rule against them, and probably don’t understand why in some instances the rule doesn’t apply.

In the 3rd sentence, the correct answer is as because it has the same meaning as because. The other can alter between as and though as both mean though when being inverted to the beginning of the sentence. Ask mr. Alan for more details.