19.5.1 embora = although

Although requires, in opposite to any other roman language, the conjunctivo. We have therefore a logical break. Other concessive conjunctions like ainda que, conquanto, posto que, se bem que, por muito que, por pouco que introduce a subordinate clause that describes a hypothetical situation. A conjunction of this type would be in English even if. However although doesn't describe a hypothetical situation.

Although he is poor, he is happy.

This is a fact and therefore the conjuntivo is not justified. However justified or not, in general embora is used with the conjuntivo. Seems that Portuguese see a similarity between although and even if, although there is none. Both are concessive conjunctions, describe an action / event that could prevent the acetion / event described in the main clause from happening without actually doing it. However conjunctions like ainda are used in a hypothetical context, "Even if he is tired, he comes along", but embora describes a real situation, "Although he is tired, he comes along".

embora although
Embora fosse tarde, fomos visitá-lo.
Although it is late, we visited him.
Vou à praia, embora esteja chovendo.
Although it is raining, I go to the beach.
Embora trabalhe muito, não vivo para trabalhar.
Although he works a lot, he doesn't live to work.


Embora can also be used as an adverb. In this case it means away.

Não vá embora. = Don't go away.





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