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First of all, is there such a pattern as て-form + でも? I can't find it in my grammar dictionary. If there is, is it related to the て-form + も pattern, meaning something like "even if"? What is the difference?

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I think the difference is: ~てでも is more like "even by ~~ing", while ~ても is more like "even if". You can say 卑劣な手段を使っ"てでも"優勝するぞ・卑劣な手段を使っ"ても"優勝するぞ but you don't say 嵐が来"てでも"仕事に出かけるぞ or 死ん"ででも"君と離れないよ. –  Choko Jul 22 '12 at 3:36

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Positive, to all of your questions.

10万円出してでも買いたい本
'a book one wants to buy even by paying 100,000 yen.'

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If anyone feels discomfort or offence, please complain, and I will change the example. –  user458 Jul 22 '12 at 1:57
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Hmm maybe カンニングしてでも合格したい大学... 法を犯してでも成し遂げたい復讐... 体を売ってでも現金を手に入れようと... 人を殺してでも...sorry maybe these are even worse...^^; How about 体を張ってでも守りたいひと? –  Choko Jul 22 '12 at 2:05
    
I changed it to a peaceful one. –  user458 Jul 22 '12 at 2:19
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I am trying to grasp the meaning as the english is not clear. Is this close? - A book I want to buy even if I have to spend 100,000 yen - (i changed the subject to "I" to make it easier). I don't know if my "if" insertion is adding meaning that is not there. –  yadokari Jul 23 '12 at 2:13
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to me, the translation sounds kind of like "i would go so far as to pay X yen for..." –  ogicu8abruok Jul 23 '12 at 10:39

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