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N2 Lesson 4: 3/20

だけましだ
at least, it's better than..., one should feel grateful for

Structure
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Verb + だけまし +
[い]Adjective + だけまし +
[な]Adjective + + だけまし +
Verb + だけまし + です
[い]Adjective + だけまし + です
[な]Adjective + + だけまし + です
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  • まし is a word meaning that something is "better" or "preferable"
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あんな大事故(だいじこ)が起(お)きたのだから、命(いのち)があるだけましだ
Since such a big accident occured, you should be grateful that you are still alive.
私(わたし)の旦那(だんな)は料理(りょうり)もしない。あなたの旦那(だんな)は料理(りょうり)をしてくれるだけましだ
My husband doesn't even cook. At least your husband cooks for you.
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泥棒(どろぼう)に入(はい)られたが、金庫(きんこ)が無事(ぶじ)だけましだ
A robber broke in, but I should be grateful that the safe is intact.
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