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I took the trouble to go and see him, but he wasn't there
I took the effort
to go and see my friend,
he wasn't there
I worked hard
to get into a good college,
I intend to study hard
It's impolite not to eat food which someone has taken the trouble of preparing for you. (from An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese)
I took the effort to write a letter to her and forgot to send it.
After all of the trouble my mother went to buy the shirt, I did not wear it.
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Is this just used when the outcome is negative? I went to all the effort to do X, but 残念 it didn't work out... like けっきょく
sekkaku always seems to come at the start of a sentence
I don't think the outcome is always negative as the exmplaes show. 折角・・・のに、（結局）negative. 折角・・・のだから、positive.
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