JLPT N1 Grammar (koso sure)

Meaning

only the first point is true, the second point cannot be true

How to use

Nounこそすれ + Point 2
Verb ます (stem form)

Learn Japanese grammar: (koso sure). Meaning: only the first point is true, the second point cannot be true

This can be used similarly to .

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Example #1

かちこそすれけっしてまけません。
kachi koso sure kesshite makemasen.
I may win, but I shall never lose.
Example #2

しらがはふつうふえこそすれ、へることはない。
shiraga wa futsuu fue koso sure, heru koto wa nai.
Gray hair never decreases, it only increases.
Example #3

きみのやったことは、ほめられこそすれ、ひなんされるものではない。
kimi no yatta koto wa, homerare koso sure, hinan sareru mono dewa nai.
What you've done is praiseworthy and (absolutely) should not be criticized.
Example #4

あなたにはかんしゃこそすれ、うらんでなどいません。
anata ni wa kansha koso sure, urande nado imasen.
I appreciate everything you've done and have no ill feelings.
Example #5

きみのことをほめこそすれけっしてわるくいったおぼえはない。
kimi no koto o home koso sure kesshite waruku itta oboe wa nai.
I may have spoken well of you, but I never spoke ill of you.
Example #6

あのしょうひんのかがくがあがりこそすれ、さがることはけっしてない。
ano shouhin no kagaku ga agari koso sure, sagaru koto wa kesshite nai.
The price of that product will only go up.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
褒めるほめるto praise
非難ひなんcriticism
白髪しらがgray hair
普通ふつうnormal; normally
増えるふえるto increase
減るへるto decrease
感謝かんしゃto appreciate; be thankful
恨むうらむto resent

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