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Decoded Slug: Verb ようがない (〜yō ga nai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ようがない (〜yō ga nai)

Verb ようがない (〜yō ga nai)

Short explanation:

No way to do something. Not possible.


Verb-volitional + ようがない


Densha ga konde ite, ugoku yō ga nai.
The train is so crowded that I can't move.
Kare wa totemo hayaku hashiru node, oitsuku yō ga nai.
He runs so fast, there's no way I can catch up.
Watashi ni wa rikai suru yō ga nai.
There is no way for me to understand it.
Dōyatte mo, kore o naosu yō ga nai.
No matter how I try, there is no way to fix this.

Long explanation:

The 〜ようがない grammar point is used to express situations where there is no way or it's not possible to do something. It indicates that even if someone wants to perform an action, circumstances prevent them from doing so.

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