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Decoded Slug: ~てからでないと (〜te kara denai to)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~てからでないと (〜te kara denai to)

~てからでないと (〜te kara denai to)

Short explanation:

Indicates that something cannot be done before a certain action is completed; 'not until', 'only after'.


Verb-casual + てからでないと


Shukudai wo shite kara denai to, asobi ni ikemasen.
You cannot go play until after you have done your homework.
Shokuji wo shite kara denai to, dezaato wo taberaremasen.
You cannot eat dessert until after you have had a meal.
Chiketto wo katte kara denai to, eiga wo miraremasen.
You cannot watch the movie until after you have bought a ticket.
Shiken ga owatte kara denai to, yasumi wo toreimasen.
You cannot take a break until after the exam is over.

Long explanation:

The ~てからでないと grammar point is used to express that an action cannot be done before another action is completed. It can be translated as 'not until' or 'only after' in English. It is formed by attaching てからでないと to the casual form of a verb.

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