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Expressing "although" with "jinguan"

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尽管 (jǐnguǎn) means "although," and is a little stronger than 虽然, perhaps more like "even though."

Structure

尽管⋯⋯ ,但是 + Subj. + 还是⋯⋯

Examples

  • 尽管 老板 最近 不在 ,我们 还是 不 能 偷懒 。Despite the fact that the boss hasn't been around lately, we still can't be lazy.
  • 尽管 我 很 生气 ,但是 我 没 发脾气 。Even though I was angry, I didn't lose my temper.
  • 尽管 警察 已经 找到 了 一些 证据 ,但是 他们 还是 不能 抓 那个 嫌疑人 。Even though the police found some proof, they still couldn’t arrest the suspect.
  • 尽管 他 的 书 很 有 争议 ,还是 出版 了 。Even though his book is very controversial, it's still published.
  • 尽管 困难 很多 ,但是 我们 不能 放弃 。Even though there're many difficulties, we can't just give up on it.
  • 尽管 很多人 批评 他 ,他 还是 坚持 这么 做 。Despite the fact that many people criticize him, he still insists on doing it.
  • 尽管 当时 很 危险 ,消防员 还是 勇敢 地 冲 了 进去 。Even though it was very dangerous, the firefighters are still bravely running in.

可 or 但是 can be added before 还是 or 仍然 to further emphasize the shift in meaning in the second phrase.

See also

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