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Grammar detail: つつ

つつ - while
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verb X
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つつ
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verb Y
means
Y occurs while X is occurring
Note: the common expression つつある is an example of this usage.
ふけいき
不景気
つつ
ことし
今年
ゴールデンウイーク
かいがい
海外
りょこう
旅行
する
ひと
かこ
過去
さいこう
最高
らしい
Even though we're supposedly in a recession, people are traveling abroad in record numbers this Golden Week holiday.
きしゃ
汽車
られつつ
じかん
時間
ほどいい
きも
気持
うとうと
ねむ
った

For about 2 hours I dozed pleasantly, while rocked by the train.
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Kanji used in this grammar

フ   ブ    not   
ケイ   scenery
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キ   ケ    spirit   
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ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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ネン   とし year   
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カイ   うみ ocean   
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ガイ   ゲ   そと outside   ほか other   はず to remove, mislead   はずれる to come off, to miss   
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リョ   たび trip   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
カ   あやま mistake   あやま to slip up   すぎる to overdo, be more than   すごす to pass, spend   
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キョ   コ   さ leave   
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サイ   もっと most   
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コウ   expensive; high   たか    たか expensive, tall, high   たかまる to be elevated   たかめる to promote, heighten   
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キ    steam, vapour   
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シャ   くるま car   
ヨウ   ゆ    ゆする    ゆさぶる    ゆすぶる to shake (something)   ゆれる    ゆるぐ to tremble, to shake   ゆらぐ to be (emotionally) shaken   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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ジ   も to hold, to have   
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ミン   ねむ to sleep   ねむ sleepy   
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