Today’s Grammar Point: ～ながら/～ながらも
I talked about the multitasking ながら in this post but today I’m going to talk about ～ながら that means “in spite of ～,” “although ～,” etc. The “～” part is usually a verb or phrase that describes a condition, rather than a momentary action. Just like the multitasking ながら, the subject (the doer) of both verbs before and after ながら is the same person. With this meaning, you can add も to stress the “adverse” feel and make it sound a bit more official. ～ながら and ～ながらも both are more often used in writing than in speech.
- [verb stem] + ながら（も）
- [てform verb] + い + ながら（も）
- [いadj] + ながら（も）
- [なadj] （+で + い） + ながら（も）
- [noun] （+で + い） + ながら（も）
Although it is said that Tokyo is a difficult city to live in, many people live there.
I smoke, knowing that it is bad for my health.
I think it’s better to stop it, but it’s hard to stop.
My father continued to work even though he was in the hospital.
Mr. Suzuki has a baby, but he leaves the care of the baby to his wife.
John is busy working part-time and isn’t going to college, even though his parents are paying his tuition.
Even though he is married, John stays out drinking until late every night.
I heard that it’s not good for my health, but I cannot ever stop smoking.
Although John is short, he is very good at basketball.
Although my father is fine, he has been terribly forgetful these days.
Although my sister is a mother, she is also very busy with her own work.
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