And there are examples:(新完全マスター文法N3より)


  1. だけでは  
  2. だけでも
  3. ぐらいなら
  4. などなら


  1. ほどなら
  2. ことでも
  3. だけでも
  4. だけでは



ほど as much/to the extent of... アメリカではフットボールほど人気のあるスポーツはない (no sport is as popular as football in America)

ぐらい about/around 午前7時ぐらい起きます (I get up around 7am)

だけ only それだけ大丈夫かなぁ? (is it ok with only that?)


1。2 医者にお酒を止められているが、ちょっと(。。。)いいだろう。 Even though (が)the doctor made me stop drinking alcohol (医者にお酒を止められている), .... a bit is ok, right (ちょっと。。。いいだろう)?

The logical answer would be "ONLY a bit is ok, right?"

So だけ is used, and since it is contradicting the last clause of the sentence (she/he is going against the doctor's wishes), you use でも (but) instead of では.


The doctor made me stop drinking alcohol, but only a little is fine, right?

2。4 一度会った(。。。)どんな人物かわからない

(I) met (her/him) only once... What (どんな) sort of person (人物)he/she is, I don't know.

In this case, it is because the subject ONLY met him/her once that she doesn't know what type of person that is.

Since (unlike the previous example) the first clause supports the following one instead of going against it, I would use だけでは instead of だけでも。


I only met him/her once, so what kind of person he/she is, I don't know.


  • ありがとうございました。しかし、一番目の問題の答えは「ぐらいなら」ですよ。こちらは問題の説明のページです。lang-8.com/1615755/journals/… – Owl City Sep 22 '16 at 9:45
  • そっか。。。In that case, it would mean "if about a little, it should be fine." ほとんど同じ意味からどっちでもいいだと思います。ごめんなさい。 – Stella H Sep 22 '16 at 10:53

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