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Grammar detail: せっかく

せっかく - (thank you for ) troubling to, going to great pains for
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せっかく
+
clause
+
(optional) のに
means
although (you did something that took an effort) ...
せっかく is used to indicate an action that took some effort, but didn't bring about the desired result for you or someone else.
せっかく
さいよう
採用
した
はけん
派遣
しゃいん
社員
すぐ
めてしまった

The temporary workers that we managed to employ left work right away.
せっかく
かいだん
階段
はし
って
りた
のにもう
いっぽ
一歩
ところ
でんしゃ
電車
れなかった

After a mad dash down the stairway, I missed my train by a second.
せかっく
+
ですが
is used to apologize for the trouble someone has taken on your behalf or to thank someone for an offer; it can be used either to politely refuse, or to indicate that you'd love to take advantage of the opportunity.
せっかくです
きゃくさま
客様
える
ことなっていますので
I am sorry, but I have someone coming.
せっかく
にほん
日本
いるですからいろんな
ところ
りょこう
旅行
ってみてください

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せっかく can be written with kanji as (literally, 'breaking corner'), but it is much more common to see it written in kana.
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Kanji used in this grammar

セツ   お to break, fold   おり opportunity; fold   おれる to break (intr), be folded, yield   
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カク   かど corner   つの horn   
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4
サイ   と to take on, adopt, employ   
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4
ヨウ   もちいる to use   
2
ハ    faction   
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5
ケン   つか to use, to employ   つかわす to dispatch   
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シャ    company   やしろ Shinto shrine   
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2
イン    employee   
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2
ジ   やめる quit   
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3
カイ    floor   
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4
ダン    grade, step, stairs   
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3
ソウ   はし run   
2
コウ   おりる to get off   おろす to drop off   ふ to fall (eg rain)   
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3
イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
1
ホ   フ   ブ   ある    あゆ to walk   
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2
デン    electricity   
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シャ   くるま car   
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ジョウ   load; power   の to board   のせる to load on   
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3
キャク   カク    guest   
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3
ヨウ   さま Mr / Mrs   
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3
ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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ショ   ところ place   
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3
リョ   たび trip   
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2
コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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