Wasted effort with せっかく~のに

せっかく and のに are used together when great effort has been put into something, yet that effort may be going to waste.

Examples of せっかく~のに


The situation reflecting the effort appears between せっかく and のに.

Further Reading

  • Kamiya, Takeo. “Adverbs Expressing Circumstances.” The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs, Kodansha, 2002, p. 191
  • How to use せっかく ( = sekkaku) (maggiesensei.com)