JLPT N3 Grammar (nai koto wa nai)

Meaning

can do; is not impossible to ~

How to use

Verb (ない form)ことはない
Noun + ではない/じゃない
な-adjective + ではない/じゃない
い-adjective + くない
nai koto wa nai ないことはない jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (nai koto wa nai). Meaning: can do; is not impossible to ~.

This may imply that something is not impossible, but may require some level of work or effort to do.


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Example #1

はしればまにあわないことはないよ。いそごう!
hashireba ma ni awanai koto wa nai yo. Isogou!
We can still make it if we run. Let’s hurry up!
Example #2

うれしくないことはないが、1いがよかった。
ureshikunai koto wa nai ga, 1 i ga yokatta.
It's not that I'm not happy, but I would have liked to of been 1st place.
Example #3

くるまをうんてんできないことはないんですが、ほとんどしません。
kuruma o unten dekinai koto wa nain desuga, hotondo shimasen.
It’s not that I can’t drive, I just don’t do it very often.
Example #4

とりにくは、たべないことはないですが、あまりすきではありません。
toriniku wa, tabenai koto wa nai desuga, amari suki dewa arimasen.
It's not that I don't eat chicken, I just don't like it that much.
Example #5

できないこともないですけど、すこしじかんをいただきたいです。
dekinai koto mo nai desu kedo, sukoshi jikan o itadakitai desu.
It's not that I can't do it, but I would like to have some more time.
Example #6

わたしもりゅうがくしたことがありますから、あなたのくろうがわからないことはありません。
watashi mo ryuugaku shita kogo ga arimasu kara, anata no kurou ga wakaranai koto wa arimasen.
I have studied abroad so I can understand what you’re going through.
Example #7

これはおいしくないこともないですけど、いえのちかくのラーメンてんのほうがやすくておいしいです。
kore wa oishikunai koto wa nai desu kedo, ie no chikaku no raamenten nohou ga yasukute oishii desu.
It's not that this isn't delicious, but the ramen shop near my home is cheaper and tastier.
Example #8

たべられないことはないけど、しょうみきげんがきれているのでやめたほうがいいとおもうよ。
taberarenai koto wa nai kedo, shoumi kigen ga kirete iru node yameta hou ga ii to omou yo.
It's not that we can't eat it, but it's passed the expiration date so we probably shouldn't..

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