JLPT N3 Grammar List

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This is the list of the Japanese grammar rules needed to study for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3.

The JLPT N3 Grammar List lessons are arranged in English romaji alphabetical order.

Click on the lesson link for detailed notes about grammar structure, how-to-use, conjugations, example sentences, interactive aids, and more.

jlpt n3 grammar list 文法
#Grammar LessonGrammar Meaning
1 bakari only; nothing but
2 bakari de only; just (negative description)
3 bakari denaku not only.. but also; as well as
4 bakari iru only; nothing but; describe repetitive action
5 bakari ka not only.. but also; as well as.
6 beki should do; must do
7 beki dewa nai should not do; must not do
8 darake full of; covered with
9 furi o suru to pretend; to act as if
10 gatai very difficult to; impossible to
11 hodo degree; extent; bounds; upper limit
12 kawari ni Instead of; in exchange for; in return
13 kiri Only; just
14 kke ~?; recalling information; asking for confirmation
15 koto da should; should not
16 koto ka emphasis; a lot
17 koto ni naru It has been decided that..; it turns out that..
18 koto ni suru to decide on
19 koto wa nai No need to [X]
20 kurai / gurai approximately; about; around; to the extent
21 kuse ni Although; despite; even though
22 mama as it is; current state; without changing
23 mon used when giving a reason.
24 mono da describe feeling; express memories; state fact
25 moraitai to express desire/want for something
26 nagara mo but; although; despite
27 nanka; nante; nado Expresses an emphasis of an unexpected feeling or a negative feeling. Usually followed by more negative words.
28 nazenara because
29 ndatte I hear that (using quote)
30 ni kawatte instead of; replacing; on behalf of
31 ni totte to; for; concerning;
32 okage Expresses a good result for the speaker, usually also expressing thanks or gratitude.
33 ppanashi Leaving something in an improper state; leaving something on; leaving something still in use;
34 rashii it seems like; I heard; apparently~
35 saichuu ni In the middle of, interrupting.
36 sei; seide; seika Places blame to something/someone else.
37 shikanai Have no choice but to
38 sono kekka As a result of
39 sono tame hence; for that reason
40 tabi ni Each time; every time; whenever (something happens).

JLPT N3 Grammar List total: (56)

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