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N2 Lesson 7: 9/21


Although, But, Even Though

が and けれども can replace ものの, ものの cannot always replace が and けれども


Verb + ものの + Phrase
[い]Adjective + ものの + Phrase
[な]Adjective + (2) + ものの + Phrase
Noun + ではある(1) + ものの + Phrase

(1) であるであった
(2) だった、ではあるであった


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About ものの

ものの is a formal conjunction-particle used to illustrate that while (A) is a fact, the result or condition of (B) cannot be attributed to (A), could not be predicted through (A), or is in direct contrast to (A).
ものの may appear directly after verb, い-Adjectives, nouns followed by である, or な-Adjectives followed by な.
  • マッチングアプリで出会(であ)った(ひと)とデートに()ったものの共通点(きょうつうてん)(なに)もなかったのでまた()うことはないだろう。
    Although I went on a date with someone I met on a matching app, we had nothing in common, so I doubt we will meet again.
  • (いま)仕事(しごと)給料(きゅうりょう)(たか)ものの家族(かぞく)()ごせる時間(じかん)(すく)ないから転職(てんしょく)(かんが)えている。
    Although my current job pays well, I am considering changing jobs because I don't have much time to spend with my family.
  • あのお(みせ)()商品(しょうひん)はユニークではあるものの(たか)すぎるので()()せない。
    Although the products offered by that store are unique, they are too expensive for me to afford.
  • 伊藤(いとう)先生(せんせい)英語(えいご)先生(せんせい)ではあるものの日常(にちじょう)(てき)英語(えいご)(はな)せないそうだ。
    Even though Ms. Ito is an English teacher, I have heard that she doesn't speak everyday English.
Caution - ものの may only be used when the subject or topic of the sentence is the same in both the statements preceding and following it.
  • 彼女(かのじょ)はいろんな楽器(がっき)演奏(えんそう)できるものの楽譜(がくふ)()めないらしい。
    Although she can play a lot of instruments, I heard that she can't read music.
  • (かれ)日本語(にほんご)勉強(べんきょう)しているものの韓国語(かんこくご)勉強(べんきょう)している。
    Although he is studying Japanese, he is also studying Korean.




    Although I finally tried taking my driving test this year, I rarely drive.


    Although I constantly said 'I want to become a doctor' during my childhood, I never expected to actually become one.


    Although professor Yumiko is an expert in economics, she has never worked outside of the university.


    Although I said I like goldfish, if I actually received one as a present I wouldn't be thrilled.


    Even though I got the largest air conditioner, (the room) doesn't get cool at all.

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ものの – Grammar Discussion

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  • Elliotjoyner3


    It seems like this is made up of もの and の, but together these have no relation to the meaning.

    I love when you breakdown the grammar structure and explain how it combines to make the meaning, and often use that to learn the grammar point. In cases like these where it seems there’s no obvious origin for the grammar structure, maybe it would be good to include a note saying that? So that people know they should just try to memorise it rather than look for meaning.

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