Learn JLPT N1 Grammar (koso sure)


part [B] of sentence is definitely not (strong emphasis)

How to use


(koso sure) is a set pattern that emphasizes that the last part (part [B]) of the sentence is “definitely not”.

It is not always used for contradictions. Both parts [A] and [B] can either agree with or contradict each other. The latter part will be emphasized as “definitely not”.

Related Grammar Lessons

– although; even though

– but; although

– not until

- Example Sentences

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Example 1

What you've done is praiseworthy and (absolutely) should not be criticized.

Example 2

Gray hair never decreases, it only increases.

Example 3

I appreciate everything you've done and have no ill feelings despite everything that happened (emphasized).

Vocabulary List

褒めるほめるto praise
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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