Japanese とは言え tohaie とはいえ grammar

Japanese とは言え tohaie とはいえ grammar
Japanese とは言え tohaie とはいえ grammar

Let’s learn Japanese とは言え tohaie とはいえ grammar tohaie :

JLPT level : N1

Formation :


Meaning and how to use :

1. N/Aな(だ)+とはいえ
Expressing the meaning “though…./even though….”. This structure is used in case the outcome of the incident contradicts the original expectations and hope.


Tsurai tabemono ga daisukida to wa ie, konna ni ooi tsurai tabemononara chotto iyada.
Even though I like spicy food, many of these spicy stuff are a bit boring

Shigoto ga isogashii to wa ie, maiyo shinyuu to nomikai wo hiraku nante mitome rarenai.
Although you are busy with work, having a drinking party with friend every night is not acceptable.

Sochira wa kiken na tokoroda to wa ie, kanojo wa buji ni haittari de tari suru nda.
Even though that place was a dangerous, she was still safe.

2. Expressing the meaning “… but …/however…”.This word often starts the sentence, plays the role of connecting the two sentences. Used in case the outcome of the incident contradicts the original wishes or predictions.


Chiisakute mo jibun no ie ga hoshii to kare ga itta. To wa ie,ie wo katta nochi, mou chiisai ie ga chotto fubenda to itta.
He said that he wanted his own home even though it was small. However, after buying a house, he said that the house was a bit inconvenient.

Kono shigoto ga seikou sureba, sukina koto ga jiyuu ni dekiru. To wa ie, seikou shita nochi, nani mo shitakunaku natta.
If this work is successful, I can freely do what I like. However after succeeding, I don’t want to do anything.

Chichi wa sake ga kenkou ni yokunai to iwa remashita. To wa ie, chichi wa mainichi nonte imasu.
My father was told that alcohol is not good for health. But he drinks every day.

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above is Japanese とは言え(とはいえ、tohaie) grammar tohaie. if you don’t understand the signs we used in fomation, you can find their meaning here : signs used in Japanese grammar structures.

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