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<< masakano | mashite ~ hazuganai >>

ましてや [ましてや] (mashite ya)
    Meaning: Let alone, still, much less
    Example: How do you explain it to others, let alone to yourself?
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ex #5482   それを自分に対して、ましてや他人に対して認めるのは、とても難しいことだ。  
It's very hard to admit that to yourself let alone to other people.  
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(Rukawa)
ex #5483   私はギターを弾くことはできない。ましてやバイオリンは弾けない。  
I can't play the guitar, much less the violin.  
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(Rukawa)
ex #5484   私は誰にもこの時計を貸すつもりはありません。ましてや手放すつもりなど毛頭ありません。  
I have no intention of lending this watch to anyone, much less parting with it.  
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(Rukawa)
ex #5485   私は中古車を買う余裕などなく、ましてや新車などはもってのほかだ。  
I can't afford to buy a used car, much less a new car.  
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(Rukawa)
ex #5486   彼は、フランス語を話せる、ましてや英語も話せる。  
He can speak French, still more English.  
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ex #5487   僕には自転車を買う余裕がなかった。ましてや車なんて。  
I could not afford to buy a bicycle, much less a car.  
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(Rukawa)

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Mikiましてや 'mashiteya' is a emphasized form of まして 'mashite'.  

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