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Grammar detail: さえ + verb ば・たら conditional

さえ + verb ば・たら conditional - if only ~, once ~
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さえ
+
verb ば conditional
or
verb たら conditional
means
if only, once
そこさえ
らす
ことができれば
ぜんたいてき
全体的
よくなる
おも

If only I could light up that section, I think the overall look would be much better.
つぎ
しけん
試験
さえ
かれば
こうし
講師
になれるはず
If I can just past the next exam, I should be able to become an instructor.
こつさえ
おぼ
えれば
あさめしまえ
朝飯前
です
It's a snap once you get the hang of it (literally: once you remember the trick, you can do it before breakfast).
かれ
そんなことさえしなかったら
ぼく
なん
とか
なることできたのに
If only they hadn't done that, I might have been able to get somewhere.
Either form of conditional is equally acceptable, but the ば form is much more common.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ショウ   て to shine   てらす to illuminate   てれる to be shy, to be embarrassed   
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ゼン   まった entirely   すべ everything   
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タイ   テイ   からだ body   
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テキ   まと target   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
シ   おも to think   
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ジ   シ   つぎ next   つ to come after   
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シ   ため to test   こころみる to attempt   
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ケン   ゲン    verification   
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ジュ   うける to receive, to accept   うかる to pass (an exam)    
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コウ    lecture   
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シ    teacher; army   
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カク   おぼえる to remember   さめる to awake   さます to rouse, awaken   
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チョウ   あさ morning   
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ハン   めし boiled rice, food   
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ゼン   まえ before   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ボク    me, I   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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