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Grammar detail: に反して

に反して - against; contrary to
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に反して
means
against ~, contrary to ~, in opposition to ~ etc.
This expression is mainly appended to nouns expressing expectation, hope, conjecture, guess, intention, request, or hope etc., such as
よそう
予想
きたい
期待
よそく
予測
しこう
意向
ねがい
願い
きぼう
希望
.
よそう
予想
はん
して
らく
てました

Contrary to expectations, they won with ease.
よそう
予想
はん
して
この
いちねんかん
一年間
かれ
にんき
人気
じょうしょう
上昇
しました

Contrary to everyone's expectations, their popularity has increased over this year.
わたし
はん
して
これせざるをえなかった
I was compelled to do this against my will.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ハン   ホン   タン    anti-   そらす to bend, to warp   そ to be warped, curved   
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ヨ    previously, in advance   
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ソウ   ソ    idea, thought   
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キ   ゴ    period of time   
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タイ   ま to wait   
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ソク   はか measure   
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イ    idea   
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コウ   むかう to confront   む to turn towards   むこう opposite direction   むける to direct towards   
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ガン   ねが to request, to petition   
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キ   rare
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ボウ   モウ   のぞ to wish for   
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ガク   ラク    music   たのしい happy, pleasant   たのしむ to be happy   
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ショウ   か to win   まさ to be better than   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ネン   とし year   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
キ   ケ    spirit   
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ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
ショウ   のぼ to climb   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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