JLPT N1 Grammar (ga/mo~nara, ~mo~da)


negative connection/comparison (like father like son)

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ga.mo~nara が.も~なら jlpt n1 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (ga/mo~nara, ~mo~da). Meaning: negative connection/comparison (like father like son).

This is used to connect two people/things with a close relationship and express them both in a negative way.

It is very similar to the English expression like [father] like [son], though this grammar is only used negatively in Japanese.

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Example #1

sensei ga sensei nara, gakusei mo gakusei da.
Like teacher like student. (with a bad teacher like this of course the students are also bad)
Example #2

aji ga aji nara, saabisu mo saabisu da.
With bad taste like this, of course the service is also bad.
Example #3

kodomo ga kodomo nara, oya mo oya da.
With the kid like this, of course the parents are also bad.
Example #4

ano kafee wa, aji mo aji nara, saabisu mo saabisu da.
That cafe's food and service are both bad.
Example #5

kono kaisha no shain wa joushiki ga nai. joushi ga joushi nara, buka mo buka desu ne.
The employees at this company have no common sense. If the managers are bad, then the general staff will be too.
Example #6

kono resutoran wa ten'in no taido ga warui shi, ryouri mo oishikunai. ten'in ga ten'in nara, aji mo aji desu ne.
This restaurant's staff has a poor attitude and the food is not good. With staff like this, of course the food is also no good.
Example #7

jibun no kodomo ga mondao o okoshite gakkou ni yobidasareteiru no ni, sore o mushi suru oya ga iru. kodomo ga kodomo nara oya mo oya da.
The parent of the kid who caused a problem was called to the school, but ended up ignoring it. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..

Vocabulary List

呼び出されるよびだされるto be called; summoned
無視むしto ignore
あじflavor; taste

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