Learn JLPT N5 Grammar (darou)

Meaning

I think; it seems; probably; right?

How to use

Verb (dictionary form)だろう
Noun
な-adjective
い-adjective

Learn Japanese grammar: (darou) can have numerous meanings, including I think; it seems that way; probably; I guess/wonder; right? (confirmation).

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 (daro), but the meaning is the same.

Example 1)

uso darou.

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.
Example 2)

ame ga furu darou.

It seems like it’s going to rain.

I think it’s going to rain.

It’s going to rain, right?

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 3) showing speculation

sore wa nan darou?

I wonder what that is..

JLPT grammar だろう (darou)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

Each example sentence includes a Japanese hint, the romaji reading, and the English translation.

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Example #1

かっこいい、ね?
ore no atarashii baiku wa kakkoii darou
My new bike is pretty cool, right?
Example #2

くるかな?
Tomoko-sensei wa kuru darou.
I wonder if Tomoko-sensei will come..
Example #3

そう思った
sou darou to omotta.
I thought (figured) as much.
Example #4

まちがいはないと思う
machigai nai darou.
Surely there's no mistake.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
うそlie
あめrain
降るふるto fall
雨が降るあめがふるto rain
新しいあたらしいnew
かっこいいcool
先生せんせいteacher
来るくるto come
思うおもうto think
間違いまちがいmistake

Vocabulary items are displayed based on the order they appear in the grammar lesson.

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