Grammar Info

N1 Lesson 8: 19/19

とは(くら)べものにはならない

Nothing compared to, Cannot be compared to, Much more, Way better, Above comparison (beyond comparison), Far greater than

Structure

Noun + とは(くら)べものにはならない

Details

    About とは比べものにならない

    In order to emphasize that something is far beyond what could possibly be compared to (A), the emphatic phrase とは(くら)べものにはならない will be used.
    This is a combination of the case-marking particle と, the adverbial particle は, the neologism (くら)べもの 'a comparable thing', case-marking particle に, adverbial particle は, and the negated form of the う-Verb なる 'to become', ならない. This may seem like a lot, but it is just expressing that '(A) will not be a comparable thing'.
    This structure will be used before nouns, where that noun is the thing that cannot be compared. This is usually due to quality, quantity, or some other feature that is easily measurable.
    • A(しゃ)(つく)部品(ぶひん)はいいが、B(しゃ)(つく)部品(ぶひん)とは(くら)(もの)にはならない
      Parts made by Company A are good, but they are not comparable to the parts made by Company B.
    • (かあ)さんのスパゲティーとは(くら)べものにはならないが、ここのシェフが(つく)るやつはなかなか美味(おい)しい。
      The spaghetti prepared by the chef here is quite good, but it is nothing compared to the spaghetti my mother makes.
    • 岐阜(ぎふ)(さむ)いが、北海道(ほっかいどう)とは(くら)べものにはならない
      Gifu is cold, but it is nothing compared to Hokkaido.
    As this grammar pattern is emphatic, it will indicate that the difference between (A) and (B) is quite large, without specifically expressing the amount.
    Fun Fact
    As a reminder, a neologism is just a set word or phrase which has come to be used a certain way due to habits or customs. (くら)べもの itself is just a mix of the conjunctive form of the る-Verb (くら)べる 'to compare', and the noun もの 'thing'.

    Examples

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      (ひかり)(はや)でもこの宇宙(うちゅう)(おお)とは(くら)べものにはならない

      Even the speed of light is nothing when compared to the size of the universe.

      この寿司(すし)(わる)ない良質(りょうしつ)寿司(すし)とは(くら)べものにはならない

      This sushi is not bad, but it is nothing compared to good quality sushi.

      スーパー火山(かざん)噴火(ふんか)被害(ひがい)()火山(かざん)とは(くら)べものにはならないされます

      It is considered that the damage from a supervolcano eruption is beyond comparison to other volcanoes.

      スマホパフォーマンス当時(とうじ)とは(くら)べものにはならないほど()ってます。

      The performance of smartphones has improved to a degree that is beyond comparison to back then.

      (わたし)絵画(かいが)など()(みや)さんとは(くら)べものにはならない

      My paintings are nothing compared to Sunomiya's.

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