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This quesion:

と言っても vs とは言え .

reminded me of a similar case:

どっちにしても vs どっちにしろ

which are also synonymous as far as I can tell.

That got me thinking:

Is this coincidental? Are there other cases where the imperative is used instead of the conditional formulation? Has this replacement ever been productive?

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google.co.jp/… –  Gradius Aug 12 '12 at 7:24
Sometimes I wonder if it's a translation of the subjunctive construction in European languages – "be that as it may" etc. –  Zhen Lin Aug 12 '12 at 11:59
@Gradius, thanks, very interesting, 放任法. Didn't know that word, now I have something to google for. And yes, I completely forgot to think about imperatives of adjectives, like 遅かれ早かれ. –  dainichi Aug 12 '12 at 21:53
@ZhenLin, basing this only on my gut feeling, I would think it's a similar parallel phenomenon going on in both spheres, rather than a translation... there definitely seems to be something going on with conditionals <-> subjunctives <-> imperatives. Maybe a good question for linguistics.stackexchange.com –  dainichi Aug 12 '12 at 21:58
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とは言え and どっちにしろ are not imperative(命令形).

どっちにしても vs どっちにしろ

どっち is an informal way to say どちら. どちらにしても is どちらに(したと)しても. どちらにしろ is どちらにすれども. Similarly, とは言え is とは言えども.

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When I look up 雖も, my dictionary says 注意 「言えども」と書き誤らないように。 Is it okay to write it that way? –  snailboat Sep 23 '12 at 8:53
I don't see a problem to write 言えども as the this dictionary also does. dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/154751/m0u To be safe, you should use 雖も or いえども in a formal situation. –  Teno Sep 23 '12 at 9:07
Although I can see how 言えども would become 言え, why would すれども become しろ? Whether it's semantically 命令形 or not, I don't know, but it seems that in form it is the same as 命令形. –  dainichi Oct 26 '12 at 7:41
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