Learn Japanese grammar: だろう (darou). Meaning: I think; it seems; probably; right?
Although there are many different meanings, which may seem confusing, it is usually easy to understand from context. Let’s look at some basic examples.
BTW, sometimes this grammar is shortened to just だろ (daro), but the meaning is the same.
You’re kidding (surely that’s a lie)
That’s a lie, right?
This method can express either confidence that it is likely a lie, or express that you are asking for confirmation, though it depends on the tone of the speaker and the situation.
ame ga furu darou.
It seems like it’s going to rain.
I think it’s going to rain.
Like the previous example, the meaning changes depending on the speaker’s tone and the situation. When spoken in a questioning type of tone, it is asking for confirmation from whoever the speaker is talking to. Otherwise, it expresses what the speaker is thinking; in this case thinking that it is likely to rain.
Used with questions
Example C) showing speculation
sore wa nan darou?
I wonder what that is…
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