There’s a topic for short vocab questions but I haven’t found a topic for quick questions on vocab usage. There are a few topics for separate words so I almost created another one just for 1 word.
But I’m sure many of other learners have vocab-related questions that are too small for a stand-alone topic. And since correct vocab usage is not less important than grammar and is often hard to understand from a dictionary, I’d like to start this topic.
And the first vocab I’m struggling with is:
せっかく (折角, but commonly written in kana) - WK gives provides a meaning “with trouble”. So does jisho.org and some other sources. But most of the examples don’t really translate it this way. My tutor said the it’s should be translated as “precious”. But this also doesn’t seem to be the full extent of this word’s meaning.
Could you help me understand when one should use this word? What kind of connotation does it possess?