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.

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

JLPT N3 Grammar List total: (56)

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