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N2 Lesson 5: 16/20

とも
even if, no matter

少なくとも is a very common example of this construction which is also used in spoken Japanese.

Structure
Verb[おう] + とも
Verb[なく + とも
[な]Adjective + であろう + とも
[い]Adjective[く](1) + とも

(1) [い]Adjective[かろう]
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  • [Used in written Japanese・often appears together with WH words (who, what, where, how, why, when)]
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生徒(せいと)授業(じゅぎょう)に出席(しゅっせき)しなくとも教師(きょうし)はきちんと授業(じゅぎょう)を進(すす)めていくべきだ。
Even if students do not attend, the teacher should proceed with the lecture.
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どんなことになろうとも、国家(こっか)が破産(はさん)するのはまずありえない。
No matter what, it is impossible for a country to go bankrupt.
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どんなタバコ好(す)きであろうとも赤(あか)ちゃんができたら吸(す)うわけにはいかない。
No matter how much you like cigarettes, if you get pregnant you can't smoke.
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