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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。
He could perform a piece of music beautifully after hearing it only once. He must be a genius.
ichido kiita dake no kyoku o kanpeki ni ensou dekiru nante, kare wa tensai de nakute nan darou.

 

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。
Many people were killed in the war. It was such a tragedy.
sensou de ooku no hito ga korosarete iru to wa, higeki de nakute nan darou.

 

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。
Building a road in the middle of nowhere like this is a total waste of taxpayers’ money.
kono youna tokoro ni douro o tsukuru no wa, zeikin no mudazukai de nakute nan darou.

 

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

 

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。
He couldn’t even swim yet he jumped into the ocean. That was so reckless.
oyoge mo shinai noni umi e tobikonda. kore ga mubou de nakute nan darou.

 

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

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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。
That man sacrificed his life to save many people. He was a real hero.
jibun no inochi o gisei ni shite ooku no hito o sukutta ano otoko ga eiyuu de nakute nan darou.


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どんなことって、あなたの悲しみのことでなくてなんでしょう?
What should it be, but your trouble?
donna koto tte, anata no kanashimi no koto de nakute nan deshou.

 

私は小説を作ったといって非難されました。ところが、弁護士の弁論は小説の上に小説を組み立てたものでなくてなんでしょう?
I am reproached with having written a novel. But what is a lawyer’s defense if not one novel on the top of another?
watashi wa shousetsu o tsukutta to itte hinan saremashita. Tokoro ga, bengoshi no benron wa shousetsu no ue ni shousetsu o kumitateta mono de nakute nan deshou.

 

君は大いなる罪の人だと言うが、それはそのとおりだ。君が罪の人であるわけは、なによりもまず、君がただ益もなく自分を殺し、自分を犠牲にしてしまったことだ。これが恐ろしいことでなくてなんだろう!君が、自分でもこんなに憎悪しているこの泥沼のなかに生きている、しかも(目をあけさえすれば)、こんなことをしてもだれを助けることにもならないし、だれもなにからも救えるわけではないということが自分にもわかっているのに、これが恐ろしいことでなくてなんだろう!
You are a great sinner, that’s true, and your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing. Isn’t that fearful? Isn’t it fearful that you are living in this filth which you loathe so, and at the same time you know yourself (you’ve only to open your eyes) that you are not helping anyone by it, not saving anyone from anything?
kimi wa ooinaru tsumi no hito da to iu ga, sore wa sono toori da. kimi ga tsumi no hito de aru wake wa, nani yori mo mazu, kimi ga tada eki mo naku jibun o koroshi, jibun o gisei ni shite shimatta koto da. kore ga osoroshii koto denakute nan darou. kimi ga, jibun demo konna ni zouo shite iru kono doronuma no naka ni ikite iru, shikamo (me o ake sae sureba), konna koto o shite mo dare o tasukeru koto ni mo naranai shi, daremo nani kara mo sukueru wake dewa nai to iu koto ga jibun ni mo wakatte iru noni, kore ga osoroshii koto de nakute nan darou.

 


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