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Decoded Slug: ~そうにない (〜sou ni nai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~そうにない (〜sou ni nai)

~そうにない (〜sou ni nai)

Short explanation:

Express the unlikelihood of something happening; 'not likely', 'doesn't seem'.


Verb-stem + そうにない, い-Adjective (drop い) + そうにない, な-Adjective + そうにない


Kono ame ga yamu sou ni nai.
It doesn't seem like this rain will stop.
Kare ga shiken ni goukaku suru sou ni nai.
It doesn't seem likely that he will pass the exam.
Kono ryouri ga oishii sou ni nai.
This dish doesn't seem like it will be delicious.
Kono heya ga kirei sou ni nai.
This room doesn't seem likely to be clean.

Long explanation:

The ~そうにない grammar point is used to express that something is unlikely to happen or doesn't seem possible. It can be translated as 'not likely' or 'doesn't seem' in English. It is formed by attaching そうにない to the stem of a verb, い-adjective or な-adjective.

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