Verb + だけまし + だ
［い］Adjective + だけまし + だ
［な］Adjective + な + だけまし + だ
だけましだ will be used primarily after verbs, い-Adjectives, or な-Adjectives followed by な.
- 天気はあまり良くないが、久しぶりに旅行に来れただけましだ。Although the weather isn't the best, I should be grateful that I am able to travel for the first time in a long time.
- このアパートはボロボロだけど、職場に近いだけましだ。This apartment is a wreck, but at least it is close to my work place.
- 味覚はないかもしれないが、元気なだけましだ。Although I can't taste, at least I am feeling well.
- 今日はいつもより寒いけど、風が吹いていないだけまだましだ。It is colder than usual today, but at least it's not windy.
Since such a big accident occured, you should be grateful that you are still alive.
My husband doesn't even cook. At least your husband cooks for you.
A robber broke in, but I should be grateful that the safe is intact.
His way of doing it is overbearing, but you should be grateful that he isn't violent.
It can't be said that that lecturer's way of teaching is good, but at least the characters they write on the chalkboard are nice.
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だけましだ – Grammar Discussion
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Can someone explain the form of the verb 振 in this sentence?
彼はやり方が強引だが、暴力を振るわない だけましです 。
I don’t understand 振るわない.
…Maybe it should be は?
If it is, is it being used like this, “at least”?
@FredKore Hey! In this case, 振るう is a verb meaning “to exercise,” “to wield,” “to exhibit,” or “to display” violence. So, this example sentence is probably closer to “You should be glad that he does not exhibit violence in his (overbearing) way of doing things.” Cheers!
Oh!! I was thinking 振る. What a weird verb. Good vocab word though.
Thanks for the explanation!
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