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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。
He could not refrain from a disagreeable impression on hearing that name.
sono namae o kiite kare wa aru fukai na inshou o kinjienakatta.

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。
I couldn’t help but cry after hearing the story of people who lost their families due to the great disaster.
daisaigai de kazoku o ushinatta hito no hanashi o kiite, namida o kinjienakatta.

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。
He was not afraid, but he could not think without a shudder of what was about to take place.
kare wa osorete wa inakatta, shikashi masani okoran to suru koto o kangaeru to, senritsu o kinjienakatta.

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。
I can’t help but feel shocked after hearing that many leading companies went bankrupt one after another.
oote kigyou ga aitsuide tousan suru to kiite, odoroki o kinjienai.

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

Japanese Grammar: を禁じ得ない (o kinjienai)

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


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

私自身の人生も混乱のさなかにあるが、それでもこの女に同情を禁じえない。
My own life is in chaos at the moment, and yet I feel my heart going out to this woman.
watashi jishin no jinsei mo konran no sanaka ni aru ga, sore demo kono onna ni doujou o kinjienai.

失笑を禁じ得なかったわたしは、それをかくすために横をむいた。
I turned my face away to conceal a smile I could not suppress.
shisshou o kinjienakatta watashi wa, sore o kakusu tame ni yoko o muita.

ところが突然、選挙後に彼がやってきたとき、会うのが面倒という思いを禁じえなかった。
But suddenly, after the election, when he walked in, I couldn’t help feeling that the meeting was a chore.
tokoro ga totsuzen, senkyogo ni kare ga yatte kita toki, au no ga mendou to iu omoi o kinjienakatta.

これが第一次世界大戦当時、戦車の育成に大きな役割を演じた人物の言葉であることに、驚きを禁じえない。
It was a remarkable statement, coming from the man who had played so great a part in sponsoring the tank in World War I.
kore ga daiichiji sekai taisen touji, sensha no ikusei ni ooki na yakuwari o enjita jinbutsu no kotoba de aru koto ni, odoroki o kinjienai.

しかし、私は直観的にすべてのことに苛立ちを禁じえなかった。
Yet all my instincts chafed against this.
shikashi, watashi wa chokkanteki ni subete no koto ni iradachi o kinjienakatta.

Similar grammar:

てたまらない (te tamaranai): can’t help but do something
ざるを得ない (zaru o enai): cannot help doing
てやまない (te yamanai): can’t help but
ないではいられない (nai dewa irarenai): can’t help but feel/do


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