Decoded Slug: Verb ずとも (〜zu tomo)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ずとも (〜zu tomo)

Verb ずとも (〜zu tomo)

Short explanation:

This structure is used to mean 'Even without doing (an action), (an action) is still achievable'.


Verb-negative stem + ずとも


Asagohan wo tabezu tomo, hataraku koto ga dekimasu.
Even without eating breakfast, I can work.
Kuruma ga nakutomo, basu de iku koto ga dekimasu.
Even without a car, you can go by bus.
Okane ga nakutomo, shiawase ni nareru.
Even without money, one can be happy.
Inta-netto ga nakutomo, jouhou wo eru houhou wa ikutsu ka arimasu.
Even without the internet, there are several ways to obtain information.

Long explanation:

The ~ずとも grammar point is used to express that even if something isn't done or doesn't happen, a desired result can still be achieved. It conveys the meaning 'even without' in English. Specifically, it is formed by attaching ずとも to the negative stem of the verb.

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