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What does the なのに mean in this sentence from Makino and Tsutsui's A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar:

アパートの家賃を払うのが精一杯なのに、まして(や)家を買うなんて夢物語だ

Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar translation:

"I am just managing to pay the rent for my apartment; how much more of a dream it is to imagine buying my own house!"

This entry is teaching まして which I understand, I fathom that the なの is simply used for emphasis, and the に in its use as a sentence final to indicate sympathy or regret (Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar p. 234). Am I right in thinking this or is it something else?

Many thanks in advance :)

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Maybe you're thinking too much. のに is a particle that is often translated into "while, with [some contrary condition]". Since it derives from nominalizer の, nouns and na-adjectives that come before it should put な (< copula だ) at the end.

An interesting fact about ましてや is that, the antecedent can be stated with both から and のに.

アパートの家賃を払うのが精一杯なのに、まして家を買うなんて夢物語だ

アパートの家賃を払うのが精一杯なのだから、まして家を買うなんて夢物語だ

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