Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 1: 9/17

ならまだしも
A is fine...but B is not;, if it's ~ then it is ok...but ~ is not;, it's different when...but;, it's not so bad when...but

しも is from classical Japanese and emphasizes まだ

Structure
Phrase (A) + ならまだしも + Phrase (B)
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  • [Phrase 1 is still acceptable/permitted, but Phrase 2 is unacceptable/too much/strange]
  • [Often used with くらい]
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すみませんが、付(つ)き合(あ)うぐらいならまだしも結婚(けっこん)は無理(むり)な注文(ちゅうもん)です。
I am sorry, if it is just going out then it is ok, but marriage is out of the question.
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すごく恥(は)ずかしい!お父(とう)さん、ビーチでならまだしも、半裸(はんら)で外(そと)出(で)るのはやめてほしい!
This is so embarrassing! Papa, if it is a beach, it is ok, but going half naked outside? I want you to stop!
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隣人(りんじん)はうちの駐車(ちゅうしゃ)区域(くいき)にたまに車(くるま)止(と)めるならまだしもいつも止(と)めているから、いい加減(かげん)腹(はら)が立(た)つ
If my neighbour uses my parking spot from time to time then it's ok, but because he is always parking there, I get pissed.
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