Let alone: 은/는 커녕

은/는 커녕 is used to say “There wasn’t X, let alone Y” or “Never mind Y, I didn’t even do X!” The noun or verb before the structure is attached to let alone or never mind, while is used for emphasis in the second part:

Let alone do N: 은/는 커녕

사우디는 겨울에 눈은 커녕 거의 안 와요.

In the winter in Saudi there’s barely any rain, never mind snow.

앞줄은 커녕 그 콘서트의 발코니 좌석표 못 사요.

Never mind the front row, I couldn’t even buy a ticket for the balcony seats.

택시요금은 커녕 버스요금 없어요.

I don’t have bus fare, never mind taxi fare.

어머니는 태블릿은 커녕 휴대폰 없어요.

My mum doesn’t even have a mobile phone, let alone a tablet.

아이는 커녕 애완동물 키우고 싶지 않아요.

Children?! I don’t even want to have pets.

드럼은 커녕 트라이앵글 못 쳐요.

I can’t even play the triangle, never mind the drums.

Let alone V: 기는 커녕

학교에 지각해서 아침식사를 먹기는 커녕 마시지 않았어요.

I was so late for school that I didn’t even have a drink of water, let alone eat breakfast.

그 여자에게 전화를 하기는 커녕 인사 못 했어요.

I can’t even say hello to that woman, never mind call her.

집을 사기는 커녕 월세 낼 돈 없어요.

I can’t even afford to pay rent, never mind buy a house.

마치기는 커녕 책 읽기를 시작 못 했어요.

Finish the book? I haven’t even started!

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