Decoded Slug: Verb ずにはおかない (~zuni wa okanai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ずにはおかない (~zuni wa okanai)

Verb ずにはおかない (~zuni wa okanai)

Short explanation:

Expresses the idea of 'cannot help but...', 'cannot leave it as it is' or 'must do something'.


Verb-dictionary form + ずにはおかない


Kare ga komatte iru to kitta, tasukezuni wa okanai.
If I hear that he is in trouble, I cannot help but assist him.
Shokuji no junbi ga kono mama da to, tetsudawazuni wa okanai darou.
If the preparation for the meal remains like this, I cannot help but assist.
Kono mondai ga kaiketsu sezu, kaizen-saku o kangaenizuniwa okanai.
If this issue is not resolved, I cannot help but think of a solution.
Kanojo ga naite iru no o mitara, nagusamezuni wa okanai.
When I see her crying, I cannot help but comfort her.

Long explanation:

The ずにはおかない grammar point conveys the sentiment of an inevitable action or an emotional compulsion to do something. When you must do something and you can't let it be without doing it, ずにはおかない is used. The verb is usually used in its base form before ずにはおかない.

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