Decoded Slug: ~ないではいられない (〜nai de wa irarenai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~ないではいられない (〜nai de wa irarenai)

~ないではいられない (〜nai de wa irarenai)

Short explanation:

Cannot help but; cannot avoid; unable to refrain from.


Verb-ない form + ではいられない or じゃいられない


Kono eiga wa totemo kandouteki de, nakanai de wa irarenakatta.
This movie was so touching, I couldn't help but cry.
Kanojo no egao wo miru to, warawanai de wa irarenai.
When I see her smile, I can't help but laugh.
Kono heya wa totemo samui node, furuenai de wa irarenai.
This room is so cold, I can't help but shiver.
Kare no hanashi wa tsumaranai ga, kikanai de wa irarenai.
His story is boring, but I can't help but listen.

Long explanation:

The ~ないではいられない grammar point is used to express a strong feeling, urge, or uncontrollable action that someone cannot resist or help doing, even if it may be undesirable. It can be translated as 'cannot help but', 'cannot avoid', or 'unable to refrain from' in English.

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