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N2 Lesson 9: 20/23


And yet, Despite this


Phrase。それなのに + Phrase


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About それなのに

Being a combination of the substitute noun それ, な, and のに, the particle meaning 'although' or 'despite', それなのに acts as a conjunction meaning 'and yet', or 'despite that', and simply refers back to the previous statement made, when the following statement is in contradiction to it.
Due to its use as a conjunction, それなのに will primarily appear at the beginning of a new sentence.
  • (つま)(いま)風邪(かぜ)をひいて寝込(ねこ)んでいる。それなのに、いきなり動物園(どうぶつえん)()きたいと()ってきた。
    My wife is currently in bed with a cold. And yet, she suddenly told me that she wants to go to the zoo.
  • (わたし)毎日(まいにち)時間(じかん)日本語(にほんご)勉強(べんきょう)をしている。それなのに全然(ぜんぜん)上達(じょうたつ)している(かん)じがしない。
    I study Japanese for three hours every day. And yet I don't feel like I'm improving at all.
Being that the (B) sentence is in contradiction to the (A) sentence, それなのに will often indicate something that is unexpected, or was somehow unpredictable based on (A).


  • (わたし)努力(どりょく)していると(おも)それなのにうまくいかないの?

    I think I am putting in effort and yet, why isn't it going well?

    • 新品(しんぴん)()った、それなのにもう(こわ)れた。

      I bought it brand new. Despite this, it is already broken.

      • 早起(はやお)するために(はや)()た、それなのに寝坊(ねぼう)した。

        In order to wake up early, I went to bed early. And yet, I overslept.

        • アンテナを(あたら)しくした。それなのにテレビ(うつ)りが(わる)

          I got a new antenna. Despite this, the quality of the TV picture is bad.

          • 一生懸命(いっしょうけんめい)育児(いくじ)をしている。それなのに(おっと)手伝(てつだ)ってくれない。

            I am giving it my all to raise my child. And yet, my husband doesn't help me.

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            • Elliotjoyner3


              It blows my mind that this is considered an N2 grammar point.

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