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N4 Lesson 10: 13/18

それでも
but still, and yet, even so, nevertheless

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Phrase (A) + それでも + Phrase (B)
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それでも is a combination of the 代名詞(だいめいし) (substitute noun) それ, and the 副助詞(ふくじょし) (adverbial particle) でも. It is often translated simply as ‘even so’, or ‘nevertheless’. Literally, it is a bit closer to ‘even with that’.
それでも is usually used between an (A) and a (B) phrase, to show that there is more information (usually surprising) to be considered.
  • 今日(きょう)雨(あめ)降(ふ)それでも釣(つ)り行(い)の?
    It's going to rain today, even with that, are you still going fishing?
  • 私(わたし)殴(なぐ)られたり、蹴(け)られたりするのが嫌(きら)ですそれでも、空手(からて)好(す)きので辞(や)めないです
    I don't like getting punched or kicked, even so, I like karate so it is hard to quit.
This grammar point primarily expresses that ‘even with’ what has been said previously, it is not all there is to think about.
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このコーヒー甘(あま)いですがそれでも砂糖(さとう)加(くわ)え
This coffee is sweet but nevertheless, I will add sugar.
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タバコ体(からだ)悪(わる)いと言(い)われているそれでも止(や)めにくい
It is said that smoking is bad for you and yet it is tough to quit.
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高(たか)いのにそれでも買(か)うつもりです
It is expensive and yet you are still planning on buying it?
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