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JLPT N1 Grammar: くらいなら (kurai nara)

くらいなら (kurai nara)

Meaning: rather than

How to use the: Verb-dictionary form + くらいなら/ぐらいなら

Explain:
In the form of [A く ら い な ら B], if you choose which side, B side is better than A. Use when the speaker wants to emphasize the A side is not like.

Example sentences:
1, あいつに助けてもらうくらいなら、死んだほうがましだ。
Aitsu ni tasukete morau kurai nara, shinda hō ga mashida.
If I had to ask him for help, I’d rather die.

2, こんなところへ来るくらいなら、戦場にいたほうが遥かに安全でしたよ。
konna tokoro e kuru kurai nara, senjou ni ita hou ga haruka ni anzen deshita yo.
You are in far greater danger here than ever you were on the battlefield.

3, あんな大学に行くくらいなら、就職するほうがよほどいい。
An’na daigaku ni iku kurai nara, shūshoku suru hō ga yohodo ī.
If you are going to such a university, it is better to get a job.

Nếu như nhờ cậu đi sẽ phiền cậu, thì tớ sẽ tự đi lấy.
4, 君に迷惑をかけるくらいなら、僕が自分で行くよ。
Kimi ni meiwakuwokakeru kurai nara, boku ga jibun de iku yo.
If I ask you to go I’ll bother you, I will go get it myself.

5, どうせ旅籠屋で泊るくらいなら、自分の家で一晩過すのもよかろうと思った。
douse hatagoya de tomaru kurai nara, jibun no ie de hitoban sugosu no mo yokarou to omotta.
I thought I might as well pass the night under my own roof as in an inn.

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