Decoded Slug: ~ずにはいられない (〜zu ni wa irarenai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~ずにはいられない (〜zu ni wa irarenai)

~ずにはいられない (〜zu ni wa irarenai)

Short explanation:

Cannot help but; cannot resist to; always.


Verbs: Verb(ない-form) [remove ない] + ずにはいられない


Kono kyoku o kiku to, utawazu ni wa irarenai.
When I hear this song, I cannot help but sing.
Kanojo ga naite iru no o miru to, nagusamezu ni wa irarenai.
When I see her crying, I cannot resist comforting her.
Kono shousetsu wa omoshiroi no de, yomazu ni wa irarenai.
This novel is so interesting that I cannot help but read it.
Kare wa oishii ryouri o mae ni suru to, tabezu ni wa irarenai.
When he is faced with delicious food, he cannot help but eat it.

Long explanation:

The ~ずにはいられない grammar point is used to express a strong urge or the inability to resist doing something. It can be translated as 'cannot help but', 'cannot resist to', or 'always' in English. It is formed by attaching ずにはいられない to the negative form of a verb.

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