I have a sentence that I can't quite grasp the meaning of. The sentence is:
It's an example from a Mandarin Chinese textbook I'm using, teaching the usages of 虽然 ~ 可/但(是).
I ran the sentence through a translator and it means "Although he is not smart, he works very hard." My question is, what does the 并 mean here?
My understanding is that if it's used as a verb it means "to combine" and if used as an adverb it means "also, simultaneously, etc."
Also, would the sentence
be equivalent to the one above? The second sentence makes more sense to me intuitively.