...but although he was only 22, he was a person who had a great mission.

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Karen123456

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In ancient Japan, people came of age at 15 years old. Some of you may think that Nanjo was too young but although he was only 22, he was a person who had a great mission.

The above is from a Buddhist magazine.

Is but although correctly used in the above sentence?

Thanks.
 
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  • Loob

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    Yes - what makes you think it's wrong, Karen?

    You might find it easier to see if you change the order of the clauses: but he was a person who had a great mission, although he was only 22.
     

    sound shift

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    English - England
    Yes, but some people might prefer to see an extra comma: "but, although he was only 22, ...". I'm not sure I understand the logic here though: If people came of age at 15, why would Nanjo seem too young when he was 22?
     

    Karen123456

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    Malaysia English
    Yes - what makes you think it's wrong, Karen?

    You might find it easier to see if you change the order of the clauses: but he was a person who had a great mission, although he was only 22.
    Thanks, Loob.

    I was thinking that but and though cannot be used together. For example, Although he is clever, but he is lazy. So I was wondering, in the sentence I first posted, whether but and although can be used together.
     

    Loob

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    English UK
    They're not really being used "together", Karen - see sound shift's answer. The smaller clause 'although he was only 22' is embedded within the bigger clause 'but ... he was a person who had a great mission'.
     
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