JLPT N1 Grammar (tari tomo)

Meaning

not even; not any ~

How to use

1 + classifier
(日, 分, 秒, 瞬, 円, 匹, etc)
たりとも~ない

Learn Japanese grammar: (tari tomo~nai). Meaning: not even; not any ~.​

This is used to say not even 1 [unit classifier] (day, minute, item, etc).

ichinichi tari tomo

not even one day

Common classifiers include 日, 分, 秒, 瞬, 円, 匹, etc.

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Example #1

かれは1にちたりとも、がっこうをやすんだことがない。
kare wa 1 nichi taritomo, gakkou o yasunda koto ga nai.
He has never missed even a day of school.
Example #2

いっぷんたりともちこくはゆるしません。
ippun taritomo chikoku wa yurushimasen.
I will not allow you to be late for even a minute.
Example #3

しけんではいちびょうたりともじかんをむだにつかってはいけません。
shiken de wa ichibyou tari tomo jikan o muda ni tsukatte wa ikemasen.
You shouldn't waste even one second during the exam.
Example #4

いちにちたりとも、にっきをかかしたことはない。
ichinichi tari tomo, nikki o kakashita koto wa nai.
I've never missed writing a single day in my diary.
Example #5

そのみせは、いちえんたりともまけてくれないよ。
sono mise wa, ichi en tari tomo makete kurenai yo.
That shop is strict on their prices, and won't even drop a single yen.
Example #6

しけんまであと1しゅうかん。いまは1にちたりともむだにできない。
shiken made ato 1 shuukan. ima wa 1 nichi taritomo muda ni dekinai.
There's one week left until the exam. I can't waste even a day now.
Example #7

おこめひとつぶたりともそまつにするなと、よくそぼにいわれた。
okome hitotsubu tari tomo somatsu ni suruna to, yoku sobo ni iwareta.
I was often told by my grandma to not waste even a single grain of rice.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
一粒ひとつぶone grain/drop
粗末にするそまつにするto waste; treat poorly/without respect
祖母そぼgrandmother
欠かすかかすto miss
無駄むだwaste

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