Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 8: 16/17
ないまでも ないまでも may not … but (at least), even though not, even if not
Structure
Verb[ない]+ までも + Phrase
Noun + ではない(1) + までも + Phrase

(1) じゃない
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  • AないまでもB is an expression lit. meaning that “even if not as far as A, B” and is used when A which is of ultimate degree might not achievable, but lower-level alternative B is still possible/still is the case. In A, phrases like とは言えない、に及ばない、とは言わない are common. B often expresses wishes, commands, requests, and suggestions with たい、てほしい、てください、たらどう、つもり、といい and so on.
  • Expressions like (くらい)は、せめて、かなり、まあまあ are also common in B.
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《ファンタジー小説(しょうせつ)》「勇者(ゆうしゃ)えみりあを仲間(なかま)にしないまで、一(いち)度(ど)は会(あ)ってみたらどうですか?」
Fantasy novel: “You may not make hero Emilia into an ally, but what about meeting her at least once?”
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