JLPT N2 Grammar (dake no koto wa aru)

Meaning

no wonder; as expected of; not ... for nothing; not ... with nothing to show for it

How to use

Verb (casual)だけ(のことは)ある
Noun
な-adjective + な
い-adjective
dake no koto wa aru だけのことはある jlpt n2 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (dake no koto wa aru). Meaning: no wonder; as expected of; not … for nothing; not … with nothing to show for it.

This grammar can be interpreted as either of the following meanings. Sometimes it may not be clear which is more accurate.

Meaning 1

  • no wonder;
  • as expected of;

See examples 1~4.

Meaning 2

  • not … for nothing;
  • not … with nothing to show for it;
  • it is worth~;

See examples 5~8.

This grammar is similar to .


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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

やまださんはえいごがじょうずだ。アメリカにりゅうがくしていただけのことはある。
yamada san wa eigo ga jouzu da. amerika ni ryuugaku shiteita dake no koto wa aru.
Mr. Yamada is good at English. As expected of someone who studied abroad in America.
Example #2

このホテルはサービスがすばらしい。5つぼしホテルだけのことはある。
kono hoteru wa saabisu ga subarashii. itsutsu boshi hoteru dake no koto wa aru.
This hotel has amazing service. As expected of a 5 star hotel.
Example #3

りょうりきょうしつにかよっているだけのことはある、かのじょのてづくりりょうりはとてもおいしい。
ryouri kyoushitsu o kayotte iru dake no koto wa aru, kanojo no tedukuri ryouri wa totemo oishii.
As expected of someone attending cooking classes, her homemade cooking is very delicious.
Example #4

かれはたいりょくがあってつかれしらずだ。やっぱりわかいだけのことはある。
kare wa tairyoku ga atte tsukare shirazu da. yappari wakai dake no koto wa aru.
He has a lot of stamina and doesn't seem to ever get tired. As expected of someone so young.
Example #5

かれはさすがだいがくにいっただけのことはある。
kare wa sasuga daigaku ni itta dake no koto wa aru.
He did not go to university for nothing.
Example #6

たかいかねをだしただけのことはある。
takai kane o dashita dake no koto wa aru.
It is worth the high price I paid for it.
Example #7

ごうかくしたの?すごい!3ねんかんたいへんだったけど、べんきょうしただけのことはあったね。
goukaku shita no? sugou ! 3 nenkan taihen datta kedo, benkyou shita dake no koto wa atta ne.
You passed? That's awesome! It was a tough 3 years, but it shows you didn't just study for nothing.
Example #8

このいちごはあまくて、とてもおいしかったです。たかかっただけのことはあるね。
kono ichigo wa amakute, totemo oishikatta desu. takakatta dake no koto wa aru ne.
This strawberry was sweet and very delicious. It wasn't expensive for no reason.

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