I just stumbled upon this sentence in a book.


I can get the gist of what the sentence is trying to say, but this is the first time I encountered the expression written in bold. Is it common? Can you explain to me in what kind of situation do we typically use this expression?

  • Do you know how to use だって?
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 1:29
  • Pardon me, but does「だって」 has the same nuance like "but... but..."?
    – Andree
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 1:39

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I think the relevant dictionary definition is sense 一・① in 大辞林



① ある特別と思われる場合をあげて,それも他と同様であるということを表す。「…もやはり…だ」「…であっても…だ」の意を表す。…でも。 「さる-木から落ちるさ」 「ぼくに-チャンスはある」 「今すぐ-いいよ」

② [...]



だって effectively could be replaced with も, but だって makes for a stronger contrast. You haven't given any context, but the speaker is obviously contrasting something that was said before (とはいうものの). So, without knowing any more context, I would translate it as

Be that as it may, knowing the basics about electricity or electronics is still worth it.

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