I was studying minna no nihongo 2 中級 and this sentence appeared in the middle of a text. I don't quite understand it. Just the general idea.


This "としても" confused me. What does this sentence mean?

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Maybe you're thinking of としても as "even if~". Here you should think of it as として+も. 「Noun+として」 has several meanings and in your example it means "as~" or "in the role of~". も here means "also".

The basic structure of the sentence is...

"XX came to be noticed also as YY." / "XX came to draw attention as YY as well."

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