I think I understand the meaning of the following passage, but I'm non really sure about the usage of というのに in this case. Can you help me?


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    Can you elaborate what you understand from the passage and what you think というのに might be? – Felipe Chaves de Oliveira Sep 29 '17 at 21:15
  • Actually when I first read the sentece I translated without includinf というのに, so it was something like : I feel the contradiction of not putting more effort in diminishing the big cars of the attendees that have an impact on the environment. How does it sound? I know that literally is "the car that will come" but, in my opinion, it sounded a little strange :) – Alex16 Oct 2 '17 at 14:23
  • Thank you for your answer! But I still have a doubt. Do you mean that in this case の is used in place of もの? moreover, it means that in a sentence without a name the patter would be only のに? as instance, "現代ほど自分の主体性、価値観を築き上げるのにむずかしい時代はないのだろう。" – Alex16 Oct 2 '17 at 14:29

というのに is often used as a set phrase that works like a conjunction ("although ~"), but this というのに is not idiomatic.

  • という explains the following noun, see this.
  • の is a nominalizer (which is technically a formal noun).
  • に is a case particle, "to", "in", "against", etc. "XにYを感じる" means "I feel Y in/for X."

So the sentence means the same thing as 努力をしない(という)ことに矛盾を感じる.

I feel it contradictory that they do not make efforts to reduce the use of ...

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