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N3 Lesson 8: 11/22


But, Even while, Even though, Despite, Although

Unlike ながら 、ながら(も) is preceded only by verbs that express state


Verb[ます+ ながら()
[い]Adjective + ながら()
[な]Adjective + ながら()
Noun + ながら()


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About ながらも

ながらも is a combination of the conjunction particle ながら, and the adverbial particle も. Coming from the kanji (なが)ら, with the meaning of 'while', ながら almost always keeps this nuance. Because of this, ながらも can be translated as 'even while (A), (B)', or 'although (A), also (B)'.
ながらも usually expresses surprise at the coexistence of (A) and (B), and may be used after い-Adjectives, な-Adjectives, nouns, or the conjunctive form of verbs.
  • 才能(さいのう)()ながらも(かれ)色々(いろいろ)努力(どりょく)した。
    Although he is talented, he worked hard in many aspects.
  • 彼女(かのじょ)(かな)しみながらも笑顔(えがお)友達(ともだち)(はな)しました。
    Even while she was upset, she talked with her friends with a smile on her face.
  • (かれ)はカレーが(きら)ながらも我慢(がまん)して完食(かんしょく)しました。
    Although he does not like curry, he gritted his teeth and ate the whole thing.
  • 私達(わたしたち)貧乏(びんぼう)ながらも(なか)いい
    Although we are broke, we have a good relationship.
ながらも is used to highlight a thing that comes after the existing state of (A) 'そのままで(あと)(つづ)(こと)'. Due to this, ながらも may only be used with verbs that highlight states of existence (like feelings), rather than ongoing actions.
  • こんなことしちゃだめ(おも)ながらもやってしまった。 (Action)
    Even while I thought to myself, 'I shouldn't do something like this,' I did it.
  • 緊張(きんちょう)ながらも(はじ)めて舞台(ぶたい)(うた)えた。 (Feeling)
    Although I was nervous, I was able to sing at my first concert.


  • (かね)沢山(たくさん)()ながらも(かれ)(しあわ)ではないらしい。

    Despite having a lot of money, I heard that he isn't happy.

  • 文法(ぶんぽう)勉強(べんきょう)をしなければいけないと()っていながらも(あそ)んでしまう。

    Despite knowing that I have to study grammar, I still unfortunately goof off.

  • 緊張(きんちょう)ながらも、300(にん)(まえ)発表(はっぴょう)をした。

    Despite being nervous, I gave a presentation in front of 300 people.

  • 「やらなきゃいけない」と(おも)ながらもダラダラしてしまう。

    Despite thinking 'I have to do it', I just end up idling around.

  • 微力(びりょく)ながらも協力(きょうりょく)させていただきます

    Although I can't do much, let me help you.

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ながらも – Grammar Discussion

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  • Daigo


    I think the explanation field for this grammar point would benefit greatly if the infomation in relation to it appearing in ながら is added.


    確定かくてい逆説ぎゃくせつ - Two things that are unexpectedly existing/happening simultaneously.

    When used to express 確定かくてい逆説ぎゃくせつ, ながら will be followed by も. ながらも is a separate grammar point that we will learn more about later. In this construction, も is expressing surprise about the fact that (A) and (B) coexist.

    • あそこの病院びょういんふるいながらもなか綺麗きれいだといた。

    I heard that that hospital looks nice inside, even though it is old.

  • Daru


    You can click on ながら to get a quick look at this info!

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