-은/는커녕 or -기는커녕 don’t even say –

“Noun은/는커녕 B(도) + negative situation”
“Verb기는커녕 + negative situation”

means ‘Don’t even mention A because it is far from —‘.

 

For example,

 

A: 만 원만 빌려 주세요.  Please lend me 10,000 Won.
B: 만 원은커녕 천 원 없어요. I don’t have 1,000 Won, let alone 10,000 Won.

A: 파티에서 맛있는 거 많이 드셨어요? Did you enjoy delicious food at the party?
B: 사람이 너무 많아서 음식은커녕 못 마셨어요. There are too many people, so I could not even drink water, let alone food.

A: 이번에 월급이 많이 올랐어요? Have your salary raised a lot this time?
B: 오르기는커녕 잘리지나 않으면 다행이에요. Far from raising, I will be lucky if they do not fire me.

A: 이번 파티에 사람이 한 백 명 넘게 오겠죠? Will there be more than 100 people this party?
B: 백 명은커녕 50명 안 올걸요. I don’t think there will be even 50 people, let alone 100.

A: 여행 재미있게 했어요?  Did you have fun on your trip?
B: 재미는커녕 여권을 도둑 맞아서 고생만 했어요. Far from having fun, I had difficult time because I had my passport stolen.

 

 

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