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While A, B; Although A (is being done), B
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     つつも      した  
Although I feel it's bad/wrong, I overslept again today.
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いけない    つつも     たくさん     
Despite thinking that it's wrong, I ate a lot of candy.

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しておうといつつもうそをついてしまった。
Even though I plucked up the courage and was going to tell the truth, I ended up lying.
9 years ago (0) (0)
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つつ
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Notes
This is the written form of ~ながら
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1. つつ expresses concurrent action by the same person. (so does ながら; to express concurrent actions by different people, use あいだ).
2. つつ is not used to describe everyday actions like eating, drinking, watching TV.
3. つつ is only ever attached to V stem.
4. ながら can be preceded by V stem, as well as adjectives, nouns, V て い, V ない [see ながら(も)].
6 years ago
avatar 火曜 - Level 17
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つつ meaning of "although" is that of English "while" in terms of contradiction (while knowing the rules, he broke them anyway).
9 years ago
avatar nyaachan - Level 1
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つつ is simillar to ながら in terms of meaning but while ながら can have two subjects in one sentence (eg. while A did this, B did this), つつ can only have one subject, doing a couple of actions.
9 years ago
avatar nyaachan - Level 1
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いつつ and とりつつ are also commonly used.
12 years ago
avatar マイコー (Site admin) - Level 68

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Years Studied: 3
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Optional as additional usage:

よく使:「~といつつ」「~とりつつ」
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12 years ago
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Thanks!
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12 years ago
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もうきなければといつつも、なかなかきられない。 #JGram
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7 years ago (Edited 7 years ago.)
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いとれつつ、がなくてない。 #JGram
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7 years ago (Edited 7 years ago.)
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つつ is simillar to ながら in terms of meaning but while ながら can have two subjects in one sentence (eg. while A did this, B did this), つつ can only have one subject, doing a couple of actions. Isn't this second usage note incorrect as ながら can't have two subjects? It should be (while topic did A, topic did B).
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7 years ago
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If the usage note is incorrect (I agree with you), just vote it down, thanks!

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7 years ago



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