Japanese grammar さえ sae

Japanese grammar さえ sae

Let’s learn Japanese grammar さえ sae :

JLPT level : N3

Formation :

N +さえ

Meaning and how to use :

Mean “Even”. Emphasize unwanted/unpredicted level.

For example

子供さえそのことをできますよ!君ならもちろんできます。
Kodomo sae sono koto o deki masu yo! kun nara mochiron deki masu.
Even kids can do that! You possiblely do.

なぜあなたさえ私の秘密を知っていますか。
naze anata sae watashi no himitsu o shitte i masu ka.
Why can even you know my secret?

先生さえ解けない問題が試験に出た。
sensei sae toke nai mondai ga shiken ni de ta.
There are so difficult question in the test that even teachers can not answer.

冷蔵庫には野菜さえ入っていない。
reizouko ni ha yasai sae haitte i nai.
there’s nothing in the refrigerator, not even some vegetable.

旅好きな彼は北極にさえ行ったことがない。
tabi suki na kare ha hokkyoku ni sae okonatta koto ga nai.
Even person who really like travelling like him has never come to North Pole.

Note: Usually labelled extremist. When standing after the sentence’s subject, it has 「~でさえ」form and can be replaced by も

Related structures :

でさえ desae
さえ…ば sae…ba
さえ…たら sae..tara

above is Japanese grammar さえ sae. if you don’t understand the signs we used in fomation, you can find their meaning here : signs used in Japanese grammar structures.

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