I know "though" can be used as an adverb in a sentence, especially in spoken English. I was taught to use "though" when the context includes some sort of contrast or conflicting ideas.

However, I hear the native use the adverb in the sentences which barely carries with it any sort of conflict. For instance,

I got a date tomorrow though.

Is there any latent or hidden conflicting idea that I'm failing to get?

Is it a self-depreciating statement? That's the only contrast I can think of.

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    I've got a date tomorrow, though. The though contrasts with something said before that. Self-deprecating, no. I got a date means you were able to get it. It is not referring to something actually in your sentence, but to something else said by someone else or even you. – Lambie Dec 21 '17 at 18:55
  • Where in the world (literally) are these native speakers you're hearing? Who say "I got a date tomorrow though" out of the blue, with no context to explain the contradictory or conflicting situation that though needs? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 22 '17 at 17:00
  • @Tromano In the us. – Cardinal Dec 22 '17 at 17:02
  • Are you sure they're saying though and not yo? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 22 '17 at 17:02
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    Just in case -- yo is a discourse marker in AAVE (and is also used by non-blacks emulating that speech). – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 22 '17 at 17:07

Context matters here.

Janet, let's go to the party tomorrow.

-- I've got a date tomorrow, though.

Oh, OK then. I'll find someone else to go with.

The though here contrasts with the first speaker's assertion that they will be going to the party. You're missing context in your question that would likely help provide an answer.

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  • Thanks for the answer and I am sorry that I didn't mention the context. I will edit the question. However, I put it in comment above. – Cardinal Dec 22 '17 at 17:11

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