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Decoded Slug: Noun は おろか~すら (Noun wa oroka ~sura)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun は おろか~すら (Noun wa oroka ~sura)

Noun は おろか~すら (Noun wa oroka ~sura)

Short explanation:

Expresses the meaning of 'not to mention ~, even ~'.


Noun1 はおろか, Noun2 すら/さえ


Kare wa hashiru wa oroka, hayaku aruku koto sura dekinai.
He can't even walk fast, let alone run.
Nihongo wa oroka, eigo sae hanashimasen.
I don't even speak English, let alone Japanese.
Kare wa shokuji wa oroka, ichinichijuu nani mo nomanakatta.
He didn't even drink anything all day, let alone eat a meal.
Kono resutoran wa aji wa oroka, saabisu sae warui.
This restaurant has bad service, let alone taste.

Long explanation:

The grammar point Noun はおろか~すら is used to emphasize that a particular statement applies not only to the first noun mentioned, but even more so to the noun after すら in the sentence. It can be translated as 'not to mention/let alone ~, even ~' in English.

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