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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: を禁じ得ない (o kinjienai)

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Meaning: can’t help but; can’t refrain from

Formation:

Noun + を禁じ得ない

Example sentences:

その名前をきいて彼はある不快な印象を禁じえなかった。
sono namae o kiite kare wa aru fukai na inshou o kinjienakatta.
He could not refrain from a disagreeable impression on hearing that name.

大災害で家族を失った人の話を聞いて、涙を禁じえなかった。
daisaigai de kazoku o ushinatta hito no hanashi o kiite, namida o kinjienakatta.
I couldn’t help but cry after hearing the story of people who lost their families due to the great disaster.


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彼はおそれてはいなかった、しかしまさにおこらんとすることを考えると、戦慄を禁じえなかった。
kare wa osorete wa inakatta, shikashi masani okoran to suru koto o kangaeru to, senritsu o kinjienakatta.
He was not afraid, but he could not think without a shudder of what was about to take place.

大手企業が相次いで倒産すると聞いて、驚きを禁じえない。
oote kigyou ga aitsuide tousan suru to kiite, odoroki o kinjienai.
I can’t help but feel shocked after hearing that many leading companies went bankrupt one after another.

わたしたちは、彼の突然の辞職に、戸惑いを禁じえない。
watashitachi wa, kare no totsuzen no jishoku ni, tomadoi o kinjienai.
We can’t help but feel confused about his sudden resignation.

政治家の汚職を見るにつけ怒りを禁じえない。
seijika no oshoku o miru ni tsuke ikari o kinjienai.
I can’t help but feel mad whenever I see a corrupt politician.

地震の被害者の方々には、同情を禁じえない。
jishin no higaisha no katagata niwa, doujou o kinjienai.
I can’t help but feel for the victims of the earthquake.


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