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All About Japanese Particles: すら (sura)

[Serie: All About Japanese Particles]

*1. “Even”

Note: This more fomal equivalent of sae (#51, No. 1) is seen most often in negative sentences.

Yamada-san wa Eigo kyōshi na no ni, nichijō-kaiwa sura dekinai.
Althought Yamada is an English teacher, she can’t even carry on an ordinary conversation.

Yama de kyūjo sareta hitotachi wa, hirō de ugoku koto sura dekinakatta.
The people rescued in the mountains were so exhausted the couldn’t even more.

– Source: All about particles – A handbook of Japanese function words


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