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N2 Lesson 2: 18/23

~てこそ
only if・because・by, unless, until

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Verb[て]+ こそ
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  • [~てこそ emphasizes a certain condition or reason for doing something]
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日本(にほん)へ行(い)ってこそ、京都(きょうと)の魅力(みりょく)が分(わ)かる
Only by going to Japan, one can understand the charm of Kyoto.
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親(おや)になってこそ子供(こども)は奇跡(きせき)だという考(かんが)え方(かた)分(わ)かる
Only by becoming a parent, you can understand the mindset that children are miracles.
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優勝(ゆうしょう)してこそ自信(じしん)に繋(つな)がる。
It is only by winning that one becomes confident.
[Unless/until you win, you will not be led to confidence]
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