【N1】~くらいなら/~kurai nara

Meaning/意味

I’d rather do [b] than [a],to show a strong feeling of opposition.

How to make/作り方

Verb-dictionary form + くらいなら or ぐらいなら

Example sentences/例文 (audio/音声付き)

そんなことをするくらいなら、死んだほうがましだ。
Sonna koto wo suru kurai nara, shinda hou ga mashi da.
I’d rather die than do that.

あんな女と結婚するくらいなら独身のほうがましだ。
Anna onna to kekkon suru kurai nara dokushin no houga mashida
I might as well single as marry such a woman.

こんな料理を食べるくらいならゴミを食べるほうがましだ。
Konna ryori wo taberu kurai nara gomi wo taberu hou ga mashida
We might as well eat dog food as eat such a dish.