JLPT N3 Grammar (shikanai)

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Verb (dictionary form)しかない
しかなかった
しかありません
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Learn Japanese grammar: (shika nai). Meaning: have no choice but~.


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Example #1

やるしかない。
yaru shika nai.
You just gotta do it.
Example #2

そつぎょうできなかったから、バイトをするしかない
sotsugyou dekinakatta kara, baito o suru shika nai.
Because I did not graduate, my only option is part time work.
Example #3

パソコンがなおせないから、あたらしいのをかうしかなかった。。
pasokon ga naosenai kara, atarashii no o kau shika nakatta.
My computer could not be fixed so I had no choice but to buy a new one.
Example #4

でんしゃもバスもとまってしまったら、あるくしかない。
densha mo basu mo tomatte shimatta kara, aruku shika nai.
Since the train and bus are not working, there is no choice but to walk.
Example #5

あのだいがくにごうかくしたかったら、まいにちべんきょうするしかないですよ。
ano daigaku ni goukaku shitakattara, mainichi benkyou suru shika nai desu yo.
If you want to get into that university, you need to study every single day.
Example #6

コンビニでおべんとうをかったらおはしがはいってなかったので、てでたべるしかなかった。
konbini de obentou o kattara ohashi ga haittenakatta no de, te de taberu shika nakatta.
I bought a bento lunch box from a convenient store, but there were no chopsticks included so I had to eat it by hand.
Example #7

バスはここまでしかいかないので、このさきはあるくしかない。
basu wa koko made shika ikanai node, kono saki wa aruku shika nai.
The bus only comes up to here, so from here on out there is no option but to walk.
Example #8

じぶんでなんとかしたかったんですが、こうなったら、もうりょうしんにたのむしかありません。
jibun de nantoka shitakatta ndesu ga, kou nattara, mou ryoushin ni tanomu shika arimasen.
I really wanted to do this by myself, but with things this bad I've got no option but to rely on my parents.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
卒業そつぎょうgraduation
直すなおすto fix
電車でんしゃtrain
止まるとまるto stop
歩くあるくto walk

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