You can end a sentence with “though” in informal writing. E.g., “We didn’t have much money. We had a great time, though.” However, for formal writing, “though” is too informal at the end of a sentence. Therefore, you should use a synonym like “although” or “however.”
It is relatively formal when you use “though” to begin a sentence. However, ending a sentence with “though” is relatively informal and is mainly reserved for speech and casual messaging.
Using “though” at the end of a sentence is similar to using “although” or “however” at the start or middle of a sentence.
For example, these three sentences all have the same meaning:
- He is rich, but he drives a car from the 70s though.
- Although he is rich, he still drives a car from the 70s.
- He is rich; however, he still drives a car from the 70s.
Perhaps you still have doubts about how to include or substitute “though” at the end of a sentence in formal writing. If so, read the rest of the article, where we explain this in more depth.
Can You End a Sentence With “Though” in Formal Writing?
The word “though” is quite formal when it appears mid-sentence or at the start of a sentence.
- The administration’s response was criticized, though it faced an unprecedented challenge.
However, when it comes at the end of a sentence, it is quite informal, and you will hear it more often than you will read it in formal writing.
Here are some examples of how “though” can be used to end a sentence:
- Eating fat is essential to stay healthy. It must be the correct type of fat, though.
- The company is nearing bankruptcy. We still try our best, though.
The above sentences are correct but sound more informal than:
- Although eating fat is essential to stay healthy, it must be the correct type of fat
- Eating fat is essential to stay healthy; however, it must be the correct type of fat.
- The company is nearing bankruptcy. We still try our best, nevertheless.
Some useful synonyms you can use instead of “though” include the following words.
- Despite the fact
- In any case
When using these synonyms, sometimes you may need to start a new sentence or use the word in the middle of the sentence instead of at the end.
If you’re in doubt about how to do so, please refer back to the formal example sentences in this section that use “although,” “however,” and “nevertheless” instead of “though.”
Can You End a Sentence With “Though” in Informal Writing?
It is common to end sentences with “though” in informal writing and speech.
The word “though” has a similar meaning to “although” or “however” when it comes at the end of a sentence.
It is common to see the word “though” ending sentences in emails and informal work correspondence.
Take a look at this example:
- There is no meeting this week; please check your email tonight, though.
In the above example, “though” indicates that “despite the fact” there is no meeting, people should check their email.
However, sometimes, “though” doesn’t mean that much and is inserted out of habit or as a way of emphasizing a request or statement.
- We are going camping this weekend, but I was hoping you could come with us though.