Verb + といえども
Noun + といえども
［な］Adjective + (だ) + といえども
［い］Adjective + といえども
といえども will be seen following nouns, い-Adjectives, or verbs in any of their standard form.
いくらお金に困っているといえども、闇金には絶対手を出さないよ。Even if I was really troubled about money, there is no way I would turn to a loan shark.
- 前は一回で成功したといえども、毎回一回で成功できる訳ではない。Even though we were able to succeed before on our first try, that doesn't mean that we can succeed in one try every time.
- 彼女がどれだけ優しいといえども、そんなことばかりやってたら別れられるぞ。Even though she is super nice, if you keep doing such things she is going to break up with you.
- たとえ犯罪者といえども、動物みたいに扱ってはいけない。Even if they are criminals, you must not treat them like animals.
運転が上手だといえども、シートベルトは必ず着用しなくてはならない。Even if you are good at driving, you must wear a seatbelt.
- いくら有名だといえども、なんでも好き勝手やっていいと言うことではない。Even if you are famous, it doesn't mean that you can just do whatever you wish.
During an operation you cannot lose focus, not even for a second.
This can be used to put more emphasis on negation, often as 「1 + counter」 meaning 'not even one ...'.
There are also opinions that one should not shoot a hoodlum, even in self-defense.
Even when taking losses during a recession our company pays salaries without delay.
Even a prisoner can leave prison from time to time.
Even though Hijikata is incredible, he is no match for Sugimoto.
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