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Decoded Slug: ~ではないか (〜de wa nai ka)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~ではないか (〜de wa nai ka)

~ではないか (〜de wa nai ka)

Short explanation:

Used to show a strong assertion or emphasis on one's opinion; 'isn't it', 'aren't you', 'right'.


Noun + ではないか, い-Adjective + ではないか, な-Adjective + ではないか, Verb-casual + ではないか


Kare wa yuushuu na gakusei de wa nai ka.
He is an excellent student, isn't he?
Kono ryouri wa oishii de wa nai ka.
This dish is delicious, isn't it?
Anata wa kanojo no tomodachi de wa nai ka.
You are her friend, aren't you?
Ashita wa yasumi de wa nai ka.
Tomorrow is a day off, right?

Long explanation:

The ~ではないか grammar point is used to indicate a strong assertion or emphasize one's opinion. It can be translated as 'isn't it', 'aren't you', or 'right' in English. It is formed by adding ではないか to the end of a sentence to turn it into a rhetorical question.

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