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Grammar detail: とは言え/とはいえ

とは言え/とはいえ - even so, that said, be that as it may
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even though X may be the case, Y is also a reality (that must be given consideration)
とはいえ is a conjunction which indicates the sentence to follow presents some contradiction to the basic fact of the sentence before.
あの
かいしゃ
会社
きゅうりょう
給料
そうだとはいえ
しごと
仕事
まいにち
毎日
とても
たいへん
大変
らしい
That company pays well. Even so, the work seems to be difficult every day.
はいごめん
れい
あね
コラ
いく
しんせき
親戚
いえ
わたし
せんぱい
先輩
いし
医師
いんない
院内
ちゃんとケジメつけなさい
"Ah, y-yes ... Sorry, Coz." "Hey! You might be my relative but here I'm your senior and a doctor. Keep things straight while you're in the hospital!"
The
え comes from
える (can say), and so it can be written with kanji. However, it is more commonly written in kana alone.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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カイ   エ   あ to meet   
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シャ    company   やしろ Shinto shrine   
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キュウ    supply   
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リョウ    fee   
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リョウ   よ good   
シ   ジ   つかえる to attend to   
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ジ   ズ   こと thing; matter   
マイ   every, each
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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レイ    tinkling (sound) of jewels   
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シ   あね elder sister   
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キ   いく- how many, how much   
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シン   おや parent   したしい close, intimate   したしむ to befriend, grow close to   
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セキ    relative   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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セン   さき ahead   
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ハイ    colleague   
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イ    doctor   
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シ    teacher; army   
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イン    institution   
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ナイ   ダイ   うち inside   
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