Decoded Slug: Noun だけではすまない (Noun dake dewa sumanai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun だけではすまない (Noun dake dewa sumanai)

Noun だけではすまない (Noun dake dewa sumanai)

Short explanation:

Expresses 'not finish/end with just', 'cannot be settled only by'.


Noun + だけではすまない


Kono mondai wa shazai dake dewa sumanai.
This problem cannot be settled with just an apology.
Kanojo ga okotte iru kara, okashi wo moratta dake dewa sumanai yo.
Because she is angry, it won't be settled with just giving her sweets.
Kono purojekuto no seikou wa doryoku dake dewa sumanai.
The success of this project cannot be achieved with just effort.
Shikin chōtatsu dake dewa sumanai, jissai no bizinesu puran mo hitsuyou da.
We can't just finish with fundraising, we also need a real business plan.

Long explanation:

The 'Noun + だけではすまない' grammar point is used when you want to express that something cannot be settled or finished with just the action in question. This implies that more needs to be done or added, or a higher level of effort is needed in addition to what's stated.

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