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B, let alone A; B, not to mention A
Shows that not only B is true, but A (which is less desirable) is also true.
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       おろか       すら できていなかった  
Let alone talk to her, I couldn't even get my breath.
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        おろか         すら しない  
My older brother won't even clean up his own room, let alone help around the house.
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   ひどくて     おろか             
My pain is really bad and I cannot stand up, not to mention walk around.

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ANoun
おろか
BNoun
Basic Examples:
おろかかなめない (can't read kana, let alone kanji)

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Years Studied: since 2000
Studying: のため、だから
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two things - first, shouldn't this pattern be はおろか (no う)?
And if that's the case, the meaning should be more 'not to mention A,' or 'let alone A' (ie 1ドルはおろか1セントもっていない I don't have a cent , let alone a dollar)
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12 years ago
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Level: 68, : 5,802
That description nails it more precisely, thanks. I updated the ひらがな and the meaning; let me know if you feel like the meaning could be improved upon any more!
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: 17
Studying: N1
Level: 1, : 8
the order seems reversed between English and Japanese (isn't everything??) so to help myself remember I'm using "let alone a dollar, I don't even have a cent" which whilst somewhat idiomatic in English has the advantage of keeping the Japanese sentence order
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8 years ago



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