N1 Lesson 9: 17/17
べくもない べくもない

べくもない

No (doubt/hope)
There is no way
It is impossible
Not a hope in hell


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Structure
Verb + べくもない
するVerb + す(る) + べくもない
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(A) べくもない is a formal written expression used when there is no possibility of (A) happening at all. It generally follows expressions like 望む、疑う、知る、比べる、及ぶ、考える、否定、かなう、勝つ、想像する, and does not appear in daily conversation.

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《小説(しょうせつ)》戦力差(せんりょくさ)は歴然(れきぜん)としているゆえ、まともな勝負(しょうぶ)は望(のぞ)むべくもない
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Novel: Since the difference in strength is clear, there is no hope of a decent match.

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