JLPT N2 Grammar (dake mashi da)

Meaning

it’s better than; one should feel grateful for~

How to use

Verb (casual)だけましだ
Noun + である
な-adjective + な
い-adjective
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Learn Japanese grammar: (dake mashi da). Meaning: it’s better than; one should feel grateful for~.

This means something is not necessarily good, but at least better than something else.


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Example #1

きょうはあついが、しつどがたかくないだけましだ。
kyou wa atsui ga, shitsudo ga takakunai dake mashi da.
It's hot today, but I'm glad the humidity is low.
Example #2

きみはしごとがあるだけましだよ。おれはくびになってしまった。
kimi wa shigoto ga aru dake mashida yo. ore wa kubi ni natte shimatta.
You should be grateful for even having a job. I got fired.
Example #3

ぼくのアパートは、せまくてたかいけれど、べんりなだけましだ。
boku no apaato wa, semakute takai keredo, benri na dake mashi da.
My apartment is narrow and tall, but convenient, which I am grateful for.
Example #4

くるまとぶつかってわたしのじてんしゃがこれてしまったが、けががなかっただけましだ。
kuruma to butsukatte watashi no jitensha ga kowarete shimatta ga, kega ga nakatta dake mashi da.
I ran into a car and destroyed my bike, but I'm just glad there were no injuries.
Example #5

きゅうりょうがへったけれど、くびにならないだけましだ。
kyuuryou ga hetta keredo, kubi ni naranai dake mashida.
Although my salary has gone down, I’m grateful they didn’t fire me.
Example #6

まいにちざんぎょうでたいへんだが、ざんぎょうだいがしっかりでるだけましだ。
mainichi zangyou de taihen ga, zangyoudai ga shikkari deru dake mashi da.
I have to work overtime everyday which is a bit rough, but at least the overtime pay is pretty good.
Example #7

こんどのアルバイト、じきゅうはやすいけど、こうつうひがでるだけましだ。
kondo no arubaito, jikyuu wa yasui kedo, koutsuuhi ga deru dake mashi da.
My new part-time job has low pay, but at least they cover my travel expenses.
Example #8

ガンのしゅじゅつでちょきんのほとんどがなくなってしまったが、いのちがあるだけましだ。
gan no shujutsu de chokin no hotondo ga naku natte shimatta ga, inochi ga aru dake mashi da.
In my cancer surgery I lost most of my savings, but I am grateful to be alive.

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