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In the following phrase:「時{とき}が過{す}ぎても彼{かれ}のままだった。」what does the「彼{かれ}のままだった」part mean?

My guess is that I can translate this phrase into something like "He's the same" or "he didn't change", but I'm not sure.

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Interesting how much the meaning changes if it's ママ instead of まま – ssb May 24 '13 at 8:00

Nice guesses!


could also be translated into something like this:

"Even with the passing of time, he was still the same as ever."

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