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精一杯 [せいいっぱい] (seiippai)
    Meaning: as hard as possible
    Example: I'll try my best
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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ex #922   できるかどうかわからないが、精一杯がんばろう 
I don't know if i can do it or not, but I will try my best!  
ex #3339   あれが彼としては精一杯の微笑だった。  
That was his nearest approach to a smile.  
ex #3340   これが精一杯です。 
This is the extent of my ability.  
ex #7867   I ran as fast as I could to catch up with her.  

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yookosoIs this the same as 一所懸命 【いっしょけんめい】? If so, any tips on when to use each?  

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