JLPT N1 Grammar (kurai nara)


rather than (do ...)​

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Verb (dictionary form)くらいなら
kurai nara くらいなら jlpt n1 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (kurai nara) & (gurai nara). Meaning: rather than (do …)​. It expresses that something is bad enough to the point that some other option is better.

Common Patterns With くらいなら (kurai nara)

Pattern A)

Verb[A] kurai nara ~[B]hou ga mashi da

I’d rather do [B] than [A].

Pattern B)

Verb[A] kurai nara ~[B]hou ga ii

I’d rather do [B] than [A].

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Example #1

sonna koto o suru kurai nara, shinda hou ga mashi da.
I'd rather die than do that.
Example #2

anna iya na hito to issho ni hatarakanakucha ikenai kurai nara, watashi wa kaisha o yameru.
If I had to work with such an unpleasant person, I'd rather quit my job.
Example #3

ie de yasumu kurai nara mushiro gaishutsu shitai.
I would rather go out than rest at home.
Example #4

yujin o kizutsukeru kurai nara, jibun ga gaman shita hou gaii.
I'd rather deal with it myself than hurt my friend.
Example #5

tochuuhanpa ni yaru kurai nara, yaranai hou ga mashi da.
You may as well not do it at all rather than do it halfheartedly.
Example #6

kare to isshoni iku kurai nara ie ni ita hou ga mashi da.
I would rather stay at home than go with him.
Example #7

watashi wa maiasa hayaku okiru kurai nara shinda hou ga mashi da.
I would sooner die than get up early every morning.
Example #8

musuko ga byouki de kurushimu no o miru kurai nara, jibun ga byouki ni natta hou ga ii.
I'd rather get sick myself than watch my son suffer.
Example #9

sonna kyuuryou no hikui kaisha de yoru osoku made hataraku kurai nara, arubaito no hou ga iin janai.
Rather than working late with a low salary at that company, wouldn't you be better off just working part time?

Vocabulary List

ほうがましだthis (way) is better
死ぬしぬto die
友人ゆうじんgood friend
傷つけるきずつけるto hurt; inflict wound
我慢がまんendure; deal with

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