Decoded Slug: Verb ないではすまない (Verb nai dewa sumanai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ないではすまない (Verb nai dewa sumanai)

Verb ないではすまない (Verb nai dewa sumanai)

Short explanation:

Express a condition that 'cannot end without doing', 'must do no matter what', or 'cannot help but do'.


Verb-negative form + ではすまない


Shippai o shitara, ayamaranai dewa sumanai.
If you make a mistake, you cannot end without apologizing.
Kono mondai wa juudai de, houkoku shinai dewa sumanai.
This issue is serious, I must report it no matter what.
Kono eiga wa totemo kandouteki de, nakanai dewa sumanai.
This movie is so moving that you can't help but cry.
Kodomo ga machigaetara, oshienai dewa sumanai.
If the child makes a mistake, you must correct it no matter what.

Long explanation:

The Verb ないではすまない grammar point is used when the speaker believes that a certain action is necessary or unavoidable. It can be translated as 'must do no matter what', 'cannot end without doing', or 'cannot help but do'. The formation is quite straightforward, we only need to add ないではすまない after the verb in its negative form.

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