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なくてもすむ ([なくてもすむ] )(nakutemosumu)
    Meaning: Don't have to 〜 (and are happy because of it) なくてもいい
    Example: Above anything, employees are happy for not having to ride on overcrowded trains.
    JLPT Level: 0
    Category: grammar
    Author: TMac

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Also can appear as なくてすむ。

Has the nuance that the thing you don't have to do is something you don't want to do in the first place, and by being able to avoid it, you're happy because of it.

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ex #7046   何よりも、満員電車に乗らなくてもすむのはうれしい。  
Above anything, employees are happy for not having to ride on overcrowded trains.  
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ex #7047   今度の試験は易しいから、あまり勉強しなくてもすむ 
The upcoming test should be easy, so I think I can get by without studying much.  
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    TMacTaken from Book 3 (Week 9, Day 2) of the Jet Translation and Interpretation Course for 2008-2009. 
    RadishRemember that this can also be translated as "...and it's good that..."

    See Unicom N2 Dokkai, pg 20. The reason "sumu" works this way is because the Chinese character's (original) meaning is "to relieve.".
     

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