Decoded Slug: ~にほかならない (〜ni hoka naranai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~にほかならない (〜ni hoka naranai)

~にほかならない (〜ni hoka naranai)

Short explanation:

Express that something is 'nothing but' or 'none other than'.


Verb-plain + にほかならない, い-Adjective + にほかならない, な-Adjective + にほかならない, Noun + にほかならない


Kare no seikou wa doryoku ni hoka naranai.
His success is nothing but hard work.
Kono itami wa samusa ni hoka naranai.
This pain is nothing but the cold.
Kare no shippai no gen'in wa manshin ni hoka naranai.
The cause of his failure is nothing but overconfidence.
Kanojo no egao wa akarusa ni hoka naranai.
Her smile is none other than brightness.

Long explanation:

The ~にほかならない grammar point is used to emphasize that something is no more or no less than what is specified. It can be seen as a strong way to say that something is 'nothing but' or 'none other than'. The formation differs depending on whether it is used with a verb, い-adjective, な-adjective, or noun.

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