Decoded Slug: ~わけにはいかない (〜wake ni wa ikanai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~わけにはいかない (〜wake ni wa ikanai)

~わけにはいかない (〜wake ni wa ikanai)

Short explanation:

Expresses that one cannot afford to do something; 'cannot', 'must not', 'not allowed to'.


Verb-casual + わけにはいかない


Shiken ga chikai kara, asobu wake ni wa ikanai.
Since the exam is approaching, I can't afford to play.
Tanaka-san wa matteiru node, okureru wake ni wa ikanai.
Since Mr. Tanaka is waiting, I cannot afford to be late.
Kodomo-tachi no tame ni, kono shigoto wo yameru wake ni wa ikanai.
For the sake of the children, I cannot afford to quit this job.
Kono mondai wa juuyou na node, mushi suru wake ni wa ikanai.
Since this issue is important, I cannot afford to ignore it.

Long explanation:

The ~わけにはいかない grammar point is used to express that one cannot afford to do something or that something must not be done. It emphasizes a sense of responsibility, obligation, or social pressure. The formation differs depending on whether it is used with a verb, い-adjective, な-adjective, or noun.

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