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Decoded Slug: ~か~まいか (〜ka 〜maika)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~か~まいか (〜ka 〜maika)

~か~まいか (〜ka 〜maika)

Short explanation:

Used to express a dilemma or indecision between two options or actions


Verb-ますform + か + Verb-ますform + まいか, い-Adjective + か + い-Adjective + であるまいか, な-Adjective + であるか + な-Adjective + であるまいか, Noun + であるか + Noun + であるまいか


Kono purojekuto wo hikiukeru ka hikiukenai maika, mada kimeteinai.
I haven't decided whether to take on this project or not.
Kare ga seikou suru ka seikou shinai maika, ima wa yosoku dekinai.
Whether he will succeed or not is unpredictable at the moment.
Kono mondai wa kantan ka muzukashii de aru maika, iken ga wakareteiru.
There are divided opinions on whether this problem is easy or difficult.
Kare wa riida de aru ka forowa de aru maika, jibun de erabu beki da.
He should choose for himself whether he is a leader or a follower.

Long explanation:

The ~か~まいか grammar point is used to express a sense of uncertainty or indecision between two options or actions. It is mainly used in formal and written contexts. The structure can be constructed with verbs, い-adjectives, な-adjectives, and nouns.

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