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ないことは(も)ない [ないことは(も)ない] (naikotohanai)
    Meaning: it isn't the case that 〜 not 〜; it is not that 〜 not 〜
    Example: It's not that I don't read newspapers, but very rarely do I read them.
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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V(ない) + ことは(も)ない
いA(minus い) + くないことは(も)ない
なA・N + でないことは(も)ない
 
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ex #679   お箸は使えないことはないんですが、ナイフとフオークの方が使いやすいです。 
It's not that I cannot handle chopsticks, but I do better with knives and forks.  
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(bamboo4)
ex #755   納豆は食べないこともないんですが、あまり好きじゃないんです。 
I would not say I _don't_ eat natto, but I don't like it very much.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #4661   どんなに年をとっていても学べないことはない。 
No man is so old but he may learn.  
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(Miki)
ex #6299   新聞を読めないことはないんですが、時たまですね。  
It's not that I don't read newspapers, but very rarely.  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6300   「日本語は難しくありませんか。」「いえ、難しくないこともないんですが、日本語の難しさは強調されすぎていると思いますよ。」 
"Isn't Japanese difficult?" "Yes, it is difficult, but I think that the difficulty of Japanese is overemphasized."  
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(rubyhatchet)
ex #6734   「田中さんのふるさとは雪がたくさん降るところだから、スキーはお得意でしょう。」 「ううん、できないことはないけど、もう何年もやってないから…」 
"The native place of Mr Tanaka is an area where much snow use to fall so it a good occasion for skiing I guess, don't you agree?" "No, it is not that I can't, but there is a long time already that I don't go skiing..."  
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(赤毛)

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    AmatukaShouldn't the first example be "I would not say I _don't_ eat natto" (Isn't 食べない is the negative of 食べる to eat, not the negative potential?) 
    Mikipotential = 見込み、将来性、可能性??
     
    Miki食べない = do not eat   食べない こともない
    食べられない= cannot eat  食べられない こともない
     
    Amatuka「Potential form/verb」は「可能動詞」と言いますね。

    ありがとう。そのとおりだと思ってるが、確認が貰うといいですね。
     
    bamboo4The difference between 食べないこともない and 食べられないこともない is that the former is subjective and the latter is objective. 食べられない=it is normally not fit to eat. 食べられないこともない=it is not that [it is normally not fit to eat]. 食べない=The speaker does not eat. 食べないこともない=it is not that [speaker does not eat].
     
    MaDaZiwhen is "mo" used instead of "ha" for this phrase?
     

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