Decoded Slug: Noun じゃあるまいし (~ja aru mai shi)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun じゃあるまいし (~ja aru mai shi)

Noun じゃあるまいし (~ja aru mai shi)

Short explanation:

Expressing that something 'is not'; 'is not the case'.


Noun or Na-Adjective + じゃあるまいし


Kare wa kodomo ja aru mai shi, sono mondai o shikkari to kaiketsu suru beki da.
He's not a child, he should solve that problem properly.
Kangaeru hitsuyo mo nai, jikan ja aru mai shi.
There's no need to think, it's not like we're short of time.
Kantoku ja aru mai shi, shiai no kekka ni tsuite shinpai suru na.
It's not like you're the coach, don't worry about the game results.
Ame ja aru mai shi, sono mama nomikonde shimatte mo kamawanai.
It's not a candy, it's okay to just swallow it.

Long explanation:

The じゃあるまいし grammar point is a somewhat masculine and colloquial expression used to imply that a situation is not the case. It can be translated as 'it's not like...', 'there's no need to...', or 'it's not as if...' in English. It's generally used after a noun or a na-adjective.

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