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ないまでも [ないまでも] (naimademo)
    Meaning: expressing the speaker's feeling that although an ideal action or state isn't possible, at least the next best action or stat is or should be available
    Example: Although you may not be able to call this public performance a great success, it produced results of a sort.
    JLPT Level: 1
    Author: LR

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Ref # Kanzen Master Level 1 - p44 - no.41 
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Ref # A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar p305 
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Often used with the verb 言う {~言えないまでも~}
but can be used with other verbs too.
"We may not be able to call this === but at least we can say it is"
 
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{VERB ない 形} + ないまでも 
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ex #7928   この公演は大成功とは言えないまでも、それなりの成果をもたらした。 
Although you may not be able to call this public performance a great success, it produced results of a sort.  
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ex #7929   彼の論文は決して多くないまでも、その質は非常に高い。  
Although he hasn't published many papers at all, the quality of those he has published is extremely high.  
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ex #7930   彼が犯人だと断定できないまでも、いろいろと怪しいところがある  
Even though we can't conclude he's the culprit, he has many suspicious points  
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ex #7931   この彫刻は完璧とは言えないまでも、非常に可柏ォを感じさせる作品だった。  
The sculpture may not be called a perfect work, but it is a work that makes you feel there is much potential.  
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    bshockIn ex # 7931, what Japanese word was meant by 可柏ォ ? This looks like an error, and doesn't translate to anything intelligible. If it was supposed to mean "potential," could 可能 be substituted for it? 

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