Learn JLPT N3 Grammar (dokoro ka)

Meaning

far from; anything but; let alone; not to mention; much less

How to use

Verb (casual, non-past)どころか
い-adjective
な-adjective + (な)
Noun

Learn Japanese grammar: (dokoro ka). Meaning: far from; anything but; let alone; not to mention; much less.

JLPT grammar どころか (dokoro ka)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

もっとべんきょうしないと、N2どころかN3もむりだ。
Motto benkyou shinaito, N2 dokoro ka N3 mo muri da.
If you do not study more, you will not be able to pass N2, let alone N3.
Example #2

いまのきゅうりょうはいえをかうどころかしょくじもたりない。
Ima no kyuuryou wa ie wo kau dokoro ka shokuji mo tarinai.
The current salary is not enough to buy a house, let alone enough food to eat.
Example #3

わたしはにほんごでろんぶんをかくどころかかんたんなかいわもできない。
Watashi wa nihongo de ronbun wo kaku dokoro ka kantan na kaiwa mo dekinai.
I can't do simple conversations, much less write a dissertation in Japanese.
Example #4

『なつやすみはとれそう?』
『いそがしくてなつやすみどころかにちようびもやすめない。』
『Natsu yasumi wa toresou?』
『Isogashikute natsu yasumi dokoro ka nichiyoubi mo yasumeni.』
"Does it look like you can take summer break off?"
"I'm so busy I won't be able to take a summer break, much less even a Sunday off."
Example #5

わたしはかれにやくにたつどころか、めいわくもかけた。
watashi wa kare ni yaku ni tatsu dokoro ka, meiwaku mo kaketa.
I was far from being of any help to him. Rather I got in his way.
Example #6

いそがしくて、やすみをとるどころか、しょくじをするじかんもない。
isogashikute, yasumi o toru dokoro ka, shokuji o suru jikan mo nai.
I’m so busy that I don’t even have time to eat, let alone take a day off.

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