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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: ないまでも (nai made mo)

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Meaning: even if something isn’t done

Formation:

Verb-ないform + までも
Noun + でないまでも

Example sentences:

プロにはなれないまでも、サッカーを続けていくつもりだ。
puro niwa narenai made mo, sakkaa o tsuzukete iku tsumori da.
I will continue playing soccer even if I can’t become a professional player.

全額でないまでも、せめて利子ぐらいは払ってくれ。
zengaku denai made mo, semete rishi gurai wa haratte kure.
Even if you can’t pay the full amount, at least pay the interest.

彼が犯人だと断定できないまでも、いろいろと怪しいところがある。
kare ga hannin da to dantei dekinai made mo, iroiro to ayashii tokoro ga aru.
Even if we can’t conclude that he’s the criminal, there’s still something suspicious about him.

見舞いにこないまでも電話ぐらいはするものだ。
mimai ni konai made mo denwa gurai wa suru mono da.
Even if you can’t visit him, at least give him a call.


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昨日の演奏は、最高の出来とは言えないまでも、かなりよかったと思う。
kinou no ensou wa, saikou no deki towa ienai made mo, kanari yokatta to omou.
Even though I can’t say that yesterday’s performance was the best, I think it was pretty good.

結婚式には出席できないまでも、お祝いのプレゼントくらいは贈ろう。
kekkonshiki niwa shusseki dekinai made mo, oiwai no purezento kurai wa okurou.
Even if we can’t attend their wedding, let’s give them wedding gifts.

プロのコックとは言わないまでも、彼の料理の腕はなかなかのものだ。
puro no kokku towa iwanai made mo, kare no ryouri no ude wa nakanaka no mono da.
Even though we can’t call him a professional cook, he’s pretty good at cooking.

彼は彼女に完全におちついたといえないまでも、少なくとも完全に礼儀正しい言葉で話しかけました。
kare wa kanojo ni kanzen ni ochitsuita to ienai made mo, sukunakutomo kanzen ni reigi tadashii kotoba de hanashikakemashita.
He spoke to her, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.

Similar grammar:

までもない (made mo nai): it’s not necessary to
に至るまで (ni itaru made): until, as far as
ばそれまでだ (ba sore made da): if… then it’s over
てまで (te made): even


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