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N2 Lesson 8: 15/24

せめて
at least

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せめて + Phrase
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  • [せめてA - in order to achieve a desired outcome, A is a minimum requirement]
  • [Often used with words like てもいい, ください, べき, たい, ほしい, といい, etc.]
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彼女(かのじょ)せめてドアくらい閉(し)めて行(い)けばいいのに…
She could have at least closed the door...
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親(おや)せめておかずだけ食(た)べて。
Mother: At least eat your sides (side dish).
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マラソンで勝(か)つのは無理(むり)だけど、せめて、完走(かんそう)したい…
I realize it is not possible to win the marathon, but I want to finish it at least...
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[AIAIJ] An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
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