Decoded Slug: Verb こそすれ (~koso sure)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb こそすれ (~koso sure)

Verb こそすれ (~koso sure)

Short explanation:

Expresses 'the extent or degree of doing something is so much that...' or 'does enough to...'


Verb-ます stem + こそすれ


Kare wa tomodachi o tasukeru koto koso sure, jibun o hika suru koto wa arimasen.
He does enough to help his friends but he never belittles himself.
Kanojo wa ryouri suru koto koso sure, souji wa hotondo shinai.
She does enough cooking, but she hardly ever cleans.
Watashi no ani wa benkyou suru koto koso sure, asobu jikan ga hotondo nai.
My brother studies so much that he hardly has any time to play.
Haha wa hataraku koto koso sure, jibun no tame ni jikan o tsukau koto wa hotondo nai.
My mother works so much that she hardly finds time for herself.

Long explanation:

The Verbこそすれ grammar point is used to express the idea that the action or state represented by the verb is performed to such an extent or degree that it is notable or significant. This phrase often indicates that something is done enough to arouse specific feelings or reactions from others.

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