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Learn JLPT N3 Grammar: さえ ~ ば (sae ~ ba)

Learn Japanese Grammar JLPT N3

Meaning: if only ~ then

Formation:

Verb-stem + さえすれば
Verb-てform + さえいれば
Noun + (で)さえあれば
いadj (remove い) + くさえあれば
なadj + に/でさえあれば

Example sentences:

薬を飲みさえすれば治ります。
kusuri o nomisae sureba naorimasu.
You’ll get better if you take your medicine.


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申し訳ないんで、もし君さえ良ければ土曜日にも出て来てもらうかと思って。
moushiwake nain de, moshi kimi sae yokereba doyoubi nimo dete kite morau ka to motte.
Sorry about this, I’m thinking of asking you to work on Saturday as well if it’s okay.

天気さえよければ、よい旅行になるでしょう。
tenki sae yokereba, yoi ryokou ni naru deshou.
It would have been a great trip if only the weather had been nice.

新聞に名前さえ出なければ、問題は起こらないだろう。
shinbun ni namae sae denakereba, mondai wa okoranai darou.
If my name hadn’t appeared on the news there would have been no problems.

「昨日の試験、どうだった?」「時間さえあれば、あんな問題全部できたよ。
kinou no shiken dou datta. jikan sae areba, anna mondai zenbu dekita yo.
“How was your test yesterday?” “If only I had had more time, I’d have been able to finish all questions.”

最近、自分さえよければいいという考えの人が増えている。
saikin, jibun sae yokereba ii to iu kangae no hito ga fuete iru.
Nowadays, there are more and more people who care only about themselves.


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Learn JLPT N3 Grammar: によると / によれば (ni yoru to / ni yoreba)
Learn JLPT N3 Grammar: ばかりに (bakari ni)