JLPT N3 Grammar List

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

Although there is no official JLPT N3 grammar list, most grammar points that have been featured on previous tests are included in this list.

Each lesson is arranged in English romaji alphabetical order. In total, there are over 182 grammar lessons that you need to know in order to pass the N3.

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

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#Grammar LessonGrammar Meaning
121 tatoe~temo even if… is the case
122 tatoeba for example; for instance ~
123 tatte even if; even though; no matter how ~
124 te bakari iru only; nothing but ~
125 te goran (please) try to; (please) look
126 te hajimete not until; only after [x] did I
127 te kara de nai to must first do; cannot do without first doing ~
128 te shou ga nai/te shikata ga nai can't help but; very; extremely ~
129 te sumu sufficient by; no problem to; resolve by ~
130 te wa ikenai kara in order to not~; to prevent a negative situation
131 teiru baai janai this is no time to be doing ~
132 teki change noun into na-adjective (-ish; -like; -ish)
133 temo hajimaranai even if you... it’s no use; there is no point to ~
134 temo kamawanai it doesn't matter if ~
135 temo shou ga nai / temo shikata ga nai there's no point to~; it's no use to~; it cannot be helped
136 to ieba speaking of; when you talk of; when you say; if it were the case that ~
137 to ii / tara ii it would be nice if; should; I hope ~
138 to ittemo although I say; although one might say ~
139 to iu koto da I heard; it means that; in other words ~
140 to iu nowa this means; the meaning of … is; because; that is to say ~
141 to iu to speaking of; when you talk of; when you say ~
142 to iu yori rather than ~
143 to mieru / to miete it seems that ~
144 to sureba / to shitara / to suru to in the case of~; assuming~; if A then B
145 to tomo ni together with; at the same time as; as well as ~
146 tochuu de / tochuu ni on the way; in the middle of ~
147 tokoro de by the way ~
148 tokoro ga even so; however; even though ~
149 toori ni in the same way as; in the way; as ~
150 toosu to do until the end; to continually do; through ~
151 toshite as; in the role of ~
152 totemo~nai cannot possibly be; hardly ~
153 towa kagiranai not necessarily so; is not always true
154 tsui accidentally; unintentionally; by mistake
155 tsui ni finally; at last; in the end ~
156 tsuide ni while, incidentally, at the same time, on the way ~
157 tsumari in other words; in summary; in short ~
158 tsumori datta I thought I~; I believe I~; was planning to~; was intending to ~
159 tsumori de with the intention of doing ~
160 uchi ni while; before ~

JLPT N3 Grammar List total: (182)

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