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N2 Lesson 3: 7/21

なくはない
it's not that…, kind of, might, slightly, somewhat, in some respects

なくもない is also acceptable*

Structure
Verb[なく+ ない
Noun + (1) + なくない

(1)
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  • [Often used with potential form of a verb・Used to express feelings of half-heartedness]
  • *[Both なくない and なくない are interchangeable with no change in nuance or meaning]
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集中(しゅうちゅう)ができなくはないが、空想(くうそう)する方(ほう)がしやすい。
It's not that I can't focus, it is just easier to daydream.
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貯金(ちょきん)すれば買(か)えなくはない
If I save, I may be able to buy it. [lit. I won't not be able to buy it]
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その意見(いけん)を考(かんが)えた上(うえ)で、賛成(さんせい)できなくはない
After considering that opinion, I can somewhat agree. [Lit. I can't not agree]
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