Learn JLPT N2 Grammar (madashimo)

Meaning

would be better; better; rather; if it were

How to use

Noun + ならまだしも
Noun + は

Learn Japanese grammar: (nara madashimo). Meaning: would be better; better; rather; if it were. It is used when comparing different options and choosing one as the better/preferable option.

There are two main patterns that are used.

Pattern 1) Noun[A] + ならまだしも + [B]

Pattern 2) Noun[A] + はまだしも + [B]

[A] is the preferred option over [B].

JLPT grammar まだしも (madashimo)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

いちどだけならまだしも、にどもしっぱいしてしまった。
ichido dake nara madashimo, nido mo shippai shite shimatta.
It would be alright if I only messed up once, but I failed twice..
Example #2

あのひと、wordやexcelがつかえないのはまだしも、メールもできないらしいよ。
ano hito, word ya excel ga tsukaenai no wa madashimo, meeru mo dekinai rashii yo.
It's one thing that they don't know how to use word and excel, but apparently they don't even know how to use email.
Example #3

ぼくのえいごりょくでは、りょこうはまだしも、りゅうがくなんてむりです。
boku no eigo ryoku de wa, ryokou wa madashimo, ryuugaku nante muri desu.
With my English ability, I can handle a bit of traveling, but studying abroad is out of the question.
Example #4

すうふんならまだしも、さんじゅうぷんもまっていません。
suufun nara madashimo, sanjuu pun mo matteimasen.
I'm alright waiting a few minutes, but 30 minutes is unacceptable.
Example #5

ごじゅうねんまえならまだしも、いまそんなことをしんじているひとはいません。
gojuu nen mae nara madashimo, ima sonnna koto o shinjiteiru hito wa imasen.
If it were 50 years ago, someone may believe you, but no one is going to believe that story now.
Example #6

すうじつならまだしも、とおかかんもたいのうしています。
suujitsu nara madashimo, tookakan mo tainou shiteimasu.
It would be alright if it were just a few days, but you are currently 10 days behind on your payment.
Example #7

もんくをいうだけならまだしも、じょせいにぼうりょくをふるうのはぜったいにいけません。
monku o iu dake nara madashi mo, josei ni bouryoku o furuu no wa zettai ni ikemasen.
It's one thing to voice a complaint, but violence against women is absolutely not OK.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
一度いちどonce; first time
二度にどtwice; second time
失敗しっぱいfailure
信じるしんじるto believe
英語力えいごりょくEnglish ability
旅行りょこうtravel; trip
留学りゅうがくstudy abroad
無理むりimpossible
数分すうふんa few minutes
待つまつto wait
数日すうじつa few days
10日間とおかかん10 days
滞納たいのうno-payment; default

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