Though I tried hard, yet I couldn’t finish it in time.

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8769

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Japanese and Japan
A dictionary at hand says that #1 is grammatically correct while #2 is not.
1. Though I tried hard, I couldn’t finish it in time.
2. Though I tried hard, yet I couldn’t finish it in time.

I think, however, #2 is also correct. What do you think?
 
  • ywf

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    Mandarin
    We were taught in class with emphasis to avoid such mistakes.

    In China, this kind of common mistakes is frequently made by English learners because it often requires a pair of adversatives in a sentence in Chinese.

    Perhaps in this regard Japanese just shares the same grammar with Chinese, which affects you and makes it seemingly OK to you.
     
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    8769

    Senior Member
    Japanese and Japan
    Thank you, cropje_jnr and ywf.

    Having read your replies, I flipped through some grammar books and dictionaries.

    (1) I found that in thier famous grammar book Randolph Quirk et. al. give the following example sentence in the section 'conjunction as correlatives' :

    Though he is poor, yet he is satisfied with his situation.

    (2) In a dictionary at hand I found the following example sentence:

    Although she is a professional writer, yet her approach is not professioonal enough.


    Are the sentences above grammatically exeptional sentences?
     

    Arrius

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    English, UK
    Though with yet I have seen, to my initial surprise, in the texts of some writers of repute, but it is rare and apparently dying out. I have never used the combination myself.
     
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