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「~さえ~ば(なら)」は・・・が成り立つための必要最低限の条件を示す。

I do not know why the ため is used in the middle of this sentence. As far as I know ため is used for 2 purposes: 1-原因 2-目的

成り立つ is modifying the ため, so does it mean that 成り立つ is the 原因 or 目的?

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  • It is certainly 目的
    – Jimmy Yang
    Nov 14 at 4:52
  • @JimmyYang SO what would the translation be, is this correct: "「~さえ~ば(なら)」 is the GOAL of consisting the minimum necessary condition?"
    – fynxgloire
    Nov 14 at 5:18
  • points to a minimum necessary condition for ..... to
    – Jimmy Yang
    Nov 14 at 5:46
  • @JimmyYang ok but can you tell what exactly is the 目的?成り立つ?
    – fynxgloire
    Nov 14 at 13:01
  • You've omitted the whole front of the sentence. So what the subject of 成り立つ is or what the general 目的 is is pure guess work for us.
    – A.Ellett
    Nov 14 at 16:29
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I find what your book provided a bit confusing. So, I looked up this grammatical structure in one of my reference books. This is what I found:

... さえ ... たら/ ... ば

They define the semantics of this as:

あるものごとが実現すればそれで十分で、ほかはちいさなことだ、必要ではない、問題ではない、という気持ちを表す。

Several examples are provided using subtle changes of the grammar:

  • あなたさえそばにいてくだされば、ほかにはなにもいりません。
  • 今度の試験で何がでるのかさえわかったらなあ

Source: 日本語文型辞典 I found this grammar dictionary very useful. It uses very simple Japanese explanations and rather straight-forward examples. It supplemented my other learning material very well.

I leave the translation of these example sentences for you to speculate on.

But, regarding the semantics, what was expressed was

[This structure] expresses the feeling that if a certain occurrence should happen, that would be sufficient; anything else is a small matter, not necessary, not a problem.


So now let's return to your question,

What is meant by ため in this phrase 成り立つための必要最低限の条件を示す?

ため is expressing purpose. In other words

...ための必要最低限

is saying

the absolute minimum necessary for ...

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