Decoded Slug: Verb てこそ (Verb te koso)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb てこそ (Verb te koso)

Verb てこそ (Verb te koso)

Short explanation:

Express the idea that 'only by doing something, something else can be achieved or realized.'


Verb-て form + こそ


Jissai ni tsukatte koso, sono kachi wo rikai dekiru.
You can understand its value only by actually using it.
Jibun de keiken shite koso, taisetsu na koto ga manaberu.
You can learn important things only by experiencing them yourself.
Shippai shite koso, seikou no aji wo shireru.
Only by failing, you can know the taste of success.
Doryoku shite koso, nanika wo nashitogeru koto ga dekiru.
Only by making an effort, you can achieve something.

Long explanation:

The ~てこそ grammar point is used to emphasize the indispensable nature of the action expressed in the verb. It can be translated as 'only by', 'only when' or 'only if' in English. The construction shows that the realization of a fact or a situation is due only to the presence of a certain condition.

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