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Valid though these arguments are widely seen to be in the West Options
vava
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 2:23:30 PM
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And after grinding conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and a campaign in Libya just completed, the West is too war-weary and preoccupied with repairing cash-strapped economies to contemplate another conflict, a parallel line of argument goes.

Valid though these arguments are widely seen to be in the West, the political and diplomatic calendar suggests such views will come under unprecedented scrutiny in coming months.

Analysis - "Wounded bear" Iran spectre haunts West's planners
Reuters


What is this construction? Do you find it natural, elegant... Would you please provide a simple example of the same construction?
Romany
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 12:51:10 AM
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Vava - yes certainly this is an 'elegant' construction. It would be used more in formal writing or speeches than informal situations (is this what you mean by 'elegant'?). e.g.

"Simple though the new system may be for habitual users, to the tyro the usual problems are still present."

"Happy though all the workers might, at first glance appear, it is understood that their underlying symptoms of dissatisfaction have not been eradicated."
srirr
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 1:27:48 AM

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I do find this construction natural, elegant, delicate, profound. This construction is formal and can be used in speeches, articles or writings. If the phrases/ words are not too many in the clauses, we can use it in conversation.

Hungry though I was, I stayed upstairs. = Though I was hungry, I stayed upstairs.
rvw
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 7:55:25 AM
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What seems elegant about this construction is that it lets one put first the word or phrase that he or she wants to emphasize -- in this case "valid".

It seems similar to sentences in which an adjective or adverb is placed first.

Broken and dying, he trod on.

Gracefully she gathered herself off the floor and continued the dance.


nowherenothere
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 8:03:37 AM
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It's well written but in a very passive and verbose voice. Not a very persuasive statement, but elegant and fluffy none the less.
Ava
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 1:58:52 PM

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Yes, it is elegant and well written.
jmacann
Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:55:37 PM
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Openly narrative -nice enough.
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