Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 10: 19/22
こそすれ〜ない こそすれ〜ない and certainly not, but certainly not, but, although, even though
Structure
[する]Verb + こそすれ + Phrase[ない]
Verb[ます]+ こそすれ + Phrase[ない]
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  • (A) こそすれ (B), when followed by the clause ending with a negative form is used in written language to strongly emphasize that (A) is the case, certainly not (B). The imperative form is used to contrast the clauses.
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セキュリティ事故(じこ)は増(ふ)えこそすれ、減(へ)りはしないだろう。
The security incidents will only increase, certainly not decrease.
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