Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 1: 14/17

~るまでだ
just, merely・simply, only

Remember that までだ might simply mean "until" especially if there is no conditional/following period 「期限今月末までだ」

Structure
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Formal
(Negative Situation) Verb[ば](1) + Verb[る]+ まで(2) +

(1) Phrase[たら]Phrase[ても]
(2) までのこと
(Negative Situation) Verb[ば](1) + Verb[る]+ まで(2) + です

(1) Phrase[たら]Phrase[ても]
(2) までのこと
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  • [まで(のこと)だ is mostly used when speaking about oneself or one's group]
  • [(Even) if something negative happens in A, one can simply do B (until B and nothing more/else)・the speaker describes the situation as manageable and not serious (though sometimes it might actually be the case)]
  • [A is often a conditional phrase・Adding こと adds more emphasis]
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