How to Use Albeit Correctly

How to Use Albeit Correctly

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In this month’s #AllYouGottaDoIsAsk, we answer Shikin’s questions on how to use ‘Albeit’ correctly. ‘Albeit’ is considered formal but it is becoming increasingly common nowadays. So, a lot of people are asking, “How to use ‘Albeit’ correctly?”.This is probably due to the use of ‘Albeit’ in place of other related conjunctions is more effective on social media With the character limit set on Twitter, one might as well learn to write more effectively.

Of course with ‘Albeit’ popping up here and there, comes the question if ‘Albeit’ is used correctly. But no need to sweat the small stuff. Because In this post, we will explore the meaning of the word ‘Albeit’ and how to use it correctly. And as always, Bahasa Melayu translations are available for clarity and better comprehension.

Albeit Meaning

First and foremost, let’s look at the meaning of the word ‘Albeit’. ‘Albeit’ carries the same meaning as ‘Although’, ‘Even though’, ‘Despite’, ‘In spite of’, ‘Whereas’, and ‘As’. The word ‘Albeit’ is one of the conjunctions we can choose from when connecting two facts (clauses).

Interestingly, ‘Albeit’ is not for presenting two contradicting facts as ‘Although’. The precise use of ‘Albeit’ is when the next fact we’re presenting is a subordinate clause to the latter. To explain this bit clearly, we will also explore examples on the correct use of ‘Albeit’.

Examples Using Albeit

Example 1: He is quiet albeit bright and full of ideas.
In the example above, we understand that being quiet is unlikely for someone bright and with a lot of ideas. The use of ‘Albeit’ here shows that being ‘bright and full of ideas’ is another part of his being quiet, and it contradicts the norms of a person who is ‘bright and full of ideas’.

The Bahasa Melayu translation of the above sentence would be: Dia seorang yang pendiam meskipun dia bijak dan banyak idea.

Note that the translation uses the word ‘Meskipun‘ instead of ‘Walaupun‘. This is because ‘Albeit’ is for introducing more information concerning the earlier clause. To illustrate this point further, let’s observe these three sentences:

  1. He is quiet although he is bright and full of ideas.
  2. He is quiet although his friends are noisy.
  3. He is quiet albeit his friends are noisy.

The first sentence doesn’t seem to be ‘off’ because ‘Although’ can be used that way. However, when we compare Sentences 2 and 3, we would notice that Sentence 3 is ‘off’, although we can’t really pinpoint why.

The reason Sentence 3 sounds odd is because ‘Albeit’ is only accurate for stating a subordinate clause. ‘Albeit’ is not for introducing a new clause, as in Sentence 2 where ‘Although’ states of his friends’ behaviour.

Let’s try with another example.

Example 2. Albeit running a successful company, she makes time for her kids every day.
In the example above, we understand that she carves time for her kids daily despite being busy with work. The use of ‘Albeit’ here is to correlate two contradicting facts about the same subject.

The Bahasa Melayu translation for this sentence would be: Biarpun sibuk dengan perniagaannya, dia tetap meluangkan masa untuk anak-anaknya setiap hari.

Note the use of ‘Biarpun‘ instead of ‘Walaupun‘ in the translation above. This is because the word ‘Albeit’ is for introducing more information about the same subject. To illustrate this point further, let’s observe these three sentences.

  1. Although she runs a successful company, she makes time for her kids every day.
  2. Although she runs a successful company, she had to replace her assistant every three months.
  3. Albeit running a successful company, she has to replace her assistant every three months.

The first sentence doesn’t seem to be ‘off’ because ‘Although’ can be used that way. However, when we compare Sentences 2 and 3, we would notice that Sentence 3 is ‘off’, although it’s not obvious why.

The reason Sentence 3 sounds odd is because ‘Albeit’ is only accurate when stating a subordinate clause. ‘Albeit’ is not for introducing a new clause, as in Sentence 2 where ‘Although’ states of the hiring of her assistant.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is safe to say that ‘Albeit’ is somewhat like ‘Although’ but its usage is different. To use ‘Albeit’ correctly, one must combine two contradicting facts regarding the same subject. This means that ‘Albeit’ is to combine subordinate clauses.

We might not notice that within our Bahasa Melayu that there is a slight difference between the use of ‘Meskipun’, ‘Biarpun’, ‘Sekalipun’, and ‘Sungguhpun’ against the use of ‘Walaupun’. Once we make more deliberate choices with the words we use for our writing, we would notice how the small difference makes a big impact to the meaning of our sentence.

To close this post, we must remember that to use ‘Albeit’ we must be presenting two contradicting facts ABOUT THE SAME SUBJECT. For the rest, we can use ‘Although’ and its likes when presenting two contradicting facts, regardless of the prior subject. I hope this post is useful for you to boost your confidence when using ‘Albeit’. Do let me know if you have any questions, I would be glad to help!

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