仕方がない

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 3
(ateji)
かた
Grade: 2
on’yomi kun’yomi
Alternative spelling
仕方が無い
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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phrase composed of 仕方ない (shikata ga nai, literally there is no way).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɕika̠ta̠ ɡa̠ na̠i]

Phrase[edit]

()(かた)がない (shikata ga nai

  1. it can't be helped, nothing can be done about it, have no choice, c'est la vie, it is what it is
  2. it is no use
  3. it cannot be borne, one cannot help but (+ verb)

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References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.