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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: ばそれまでだ (ba sore made da)

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Meaning: if… then it’s over

Formation:

Verb-ばconditional + それまでだ

Example sentences:

この機械は水に弱い。水がかかればそれまでだ。
kono kikai wa mizu ni yowai. mizu ga kakareba sore made da.
This machine is not water-resistant. It will be broken if you spill water on it.


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どんなに美しい花でも、散ってしまえばそれまでだ。
donna ni utsukushii hana demo, chitte shimaeba sore made da.
No matter how beautiful flowers are, when they start to scatter it’s over.

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
ないまでも (nai made mo): even if something isn’t done
てまで (te made): even


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