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JLPT N2 Grammar: つつも (tsutsu mo)

つつも (tsutsu mo)

Meaning: In spite of ; Whatever is ~

How to use the: Vます + つつも

How to show the opposite. Usually the mood of regret, regret of the speaker is like: Although I know ….. but …, or even knowing it’s not good but still …. The subject of the front and the back is the same.

Example sentences:
1, 彼は、歯痛に悩まされつつも、走り続けた。
Kare wa, shitsū ni nayamasa retsutsu mo, hashiri tsudzuketa.
Despite suffering from a toothache, but his kept next running

2, 「健康のために働きづぎはよくないのよ」と言いつつも、彼女は決して休暇をとらなおのだ。
`Kenkō no tame ni hataraki dzugihayokunainoyo’ to iitsutsu mo, kanojo wa kesshite kyūka o torana onoda.
Her mouth said that working too much would be bad for her health, but she still refused to ask for permission.

3, 医者に行かなければと思いつつも、忙しさに紛れて忘れてしまった。
Isha ni ikanakereba to omoitsutsu mo, isogashi-sa ni magirete wasurete shimatta.
I thought I had to go to the doctor, but because I was too busy, I forgot

When the speaker is in a reflective mood, regrets, confesses Used in writing and serious speech