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N1 Lesson 2: 16/17

とは言(い)え
though, although (I admit that), be that as it may, nonetheless

Structure
Verb + いえ + Phrase
[い]Adjective + いえ + Phrase
Noun + ()+ いえ + Phrase
[な]Adjective + ()+ いえ + Phrase
Phrase (A)。いえ + Phrase (B)
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  • [AとはいえB is used in writing to express that although A is a fact or someone says A, B differs from what you would normally expect from it]
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犯人(はんにん)は逮捕(たいほ)されたとはいえ有罪(ゆうざい)と宣告(せんこく)されるまで時間(じかん)がかかるだろう。
Although (I admit that) the criminal has been caught, it will be some time before they are declared guilty.
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馬(うま)は肉(にく)食(た)べることができる。とはいえ普通(ふつう)は食(た)べない。
Horses are perfectly capable of eating meat. Having said that, they generally do not eat it.
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彼(かれ)社長(しゃちょう)とはいえ名前(なまえ)ばかりだ。取締役会(とりしまりやくかい)には権限(けんげん)がある。
Although (I admit that) he is the company president, it is in name only. It is the board of directors that holds the power.
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