Decoded Slug: Noun ごとき / Noun ごとく (〜gotoki/〜gotoku)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun ごとき / Noun ごとく (〜gotoki/〜gotoku)

Noun ごとき / Noun ごとく (〜gotoki/〜gotoku)

Short explanation:

'Like a...', 'like...', or 'as if'. Expresses similarity or metaphor.


Noun + ごとき, Noun + ごとく, Verb-casual + ごとく, い-Adjective + ごとく


Kare wa tenshi no gotoku junsui da.
He is pure like an angel.
Akuma no gotoki koui o suru na.
Don't act like a devil.
Kanojo wa yuki no gotoku shiroi hada wo shiteimasu.
She has skin as white as snow.
Kare wa kaze no gotoku satta.
He left like the wind.

Long explanation:

The ~ごとき/~ごとく grammar point is used to show similarity or analogy, likening one thing to another. It can be translated as 'like a...', 'like...', or 'as if' in English. This grammar form is often used in written language and is a bit formal. Please note that the ごとき form is typically used with nouns, while ごとく can be used with nouns, verbs, and adjectives, but with slight difference in meaning.

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