Verb［た］+ ところで +Phrase［ない］
As with most other grammar patterns that ところ is seen with, the focus is on the situation of the verb occurring. ～たところで is often translated as 'even if (A), not (B)', or 'even if (A), it won't be (B)'.
This 'even if' nuance is created by the fact that ～たところで sentences will never have something in the past tense in the second half of the sentence, despite using the past tense before ところ. This is similar to the English 'even if (A) were to happen, (B) would still not occur'.
今更勉強を始めたところで、合格はできないだろう。Even if I were to start studying now, I would not be able to pass.
- もう電車は発車してしまったから、急いだところで間に合わないよ。The train has already left, so even if you hurry, you won't make it.
- 少し走ったところで、すぐには痩せないよ。Just merely by running, you won't lose weight that quickly.
Even if I confessed my love, she wouldn't respond.
Even if I studied all night, I would not pass.
I am sorry, even if you cancel the order now, we cannot refund your money.
Even if you went by the car right now, it is impossible to be on time.
たところで is often used with phrases like いまごろ and いまさら.
「 謝ってみたところで、 彼女が許してくれるわけじゃないけど。」
'Even if I try to apologize, it doesn' t mean she will forgive me.'
たところで is often used with てみる meaning 'even if (someone) tries (something)...'.
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