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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: でなくてなんだろう (denakute nan darou)

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Meaning: must be; is definitely

Formation:

Noun + でなくてなんだろう

Example sentences:

一度聞いただけの曲をかんぺきに演奏できるなんて、彼は天才でなくてなんだろう。
ichido kiita dake no kyoku o kanpeki ni ensou dekiru nante, kare wa tensai denakute nan darou.
He could perform a piece of music beautifully after hearing it only once. He must be a genius.

戦争で多くの人が殺されているとは、悲劇でなくてなんだろう。
sensou de ooku no hito ga korosarete iru towa, higeki denakute nan darou.
Many people were killed in the war. It was such a tragedy.


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このようなところに道路を作るのは、税金の無駄遣いでなくてなんだろう。
kono youna tokoro ni douro o tsukuru nowa, zeikin no mudazukai denakute nan darou.
Building a road in the middle of nowhere like this is a total waste of taxpayers’ money.

彼女に対するこの気持ちは、愛でなくてなんだろう。
kanojo ni taisuru kono kimochi wa, ai denakute nan darou.
This feeling of mine for her must be love.

泳げもしないのに海へ飛び込んだ。これが無謀でなくてなんだろう。
oyoge mo shinai noni umi e tobikonda. kore ga mubou denakute nan darou.
He couldn’t even swim yet he jumped into the ocean. That was so reckless.

自分の命を犠牲にして多くの人を救ったあの男が英雄でなくてなんだろう。
jibun no inochi o gisei ni shite ooku no hito o sukutta ano otoko ga eiyuu denakute nan darou.
That man sacrificed his life to save many people. He was a real hero.


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