Decoded Slug: ~なくもない (〜naku mo nai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~なくもない (〜naku mo nai)

~なくもない (〜naku mo nai)

Short explanation:

Express the possibility; 'not impossible', 'might as well'.


Verb-ないform + もない, い-Adjective-removeい + くもない, な-Adjective + でもない, Noun + でもない


Kare ga mou sugu modoru nara, matsu naku mo nai.
If he will be back soon, it wouldn't be a bad idea to wait.
Kono hon ga yaku ni tatsu nara, kau naku mo nai.
If this book is useful, it might not be a bad idea to buy it.
Tenki ga yokereba, pikunikku ni iku naku mo nai.
If the weather is good, it's not impossible that we might go for a picnic.
Sono purojekuto ga seikou sureba, puromōshon mo arienuku mo nai.
If that project succeeds, a promotion might not be out of the question.

Long explanation:

The ~なくもない grammar point is used to express the feasibility of something. It is equivalent to 'not impossible' or 'might as well' in English. Typically, this phrase is used when something is not necessarily likely, but it's also not out of the question.

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