JLPT N2 Grammar (aruiwa)


or; either; maybe; perhaps; possibly

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Learn Japanese grammar: (aruiwa). Meaning: both; or; otherwise​; choice between [A] or [B]; perhaps.

This grammar can be used to express 2 different meanings.

Meaning 1) To choose one option between [A] and [B] / (A or B).

Meaning 2) Both options [A] and [B] are valid.

*Note* This grammar point is very similar in meaning to .

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Example #1

aruiwa sore wa hontou kamoshirenai.
Perhaps that's true.
Example #2

gomen, arui wa watashi ga machigatte ita kamo shirenai.
Sorry! It's possible that I made a mistake..
Example #3

kyoujuu ni fakkusu, aruiwa meeru de okutte kudasai.
Please send it today via fax or mail.
Example #4

shingaku suru ka, arui wa shuushoku suru ka watashi wa mayotte imaus.
I'm not sure whether I should advance my education or start working.
Example #5

raishuu no kayoubi no gogo wa dou desuka. Arui wa suiyoubi no gozen demo kamai masen ga…
How about Tuesday afternoon next week? Or Wednesday morning also works.
Example #6

gochuumon wa, arui wa intaanetto de onegai shimasu.
Please order either by phone or online.

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