JLPT N3 Grammar (temo shou ga nai / temo shikata ga nai)


there's no point to~; it's no use to~; it cannot be helped

How to use

Verb (て form) + もしょうがない
な-adjective + でも
い-adjective + くても
temo shou ga nai てもしょうがない jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (temo shou ga nai) / 【てもしかたがない】(temo shikata ga nai). Meaning: there’s no point to~; it’s no use to~; it cannot be helped.

For shikata ga nai, both the kanji and hiragana versions are commonly used.

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Example #1

soko e itte mo shikata ga nai.
It is no use going there.
Example #2

konna koto o shite itemo shikata ga nai darou.
I don't think this will get us anywhere.
Example #3

dou ni mo naranai koto o, nayandeitemo shou ga nai yo.
There's no point in worrying about things beyond our control.
Example #4

zenzen benkyou shiteinai n dakara, ochitemo shikata nai yo.
I haven't been studying at all, so there's no helping it if I end up failing.
Example #5

sonna ni kenkou no koto o shinpai shitemo shikata ga nai.
There is no sense in your worrying about your health so much.
Example #6

tesuto wa ashita dashi, ima kara asette benkyou shitemo shikata ga nai.
The test is tomorrow, so it's no use to get flustered and start studying now.
Example #7

kyou juu ni ketsuron wa denai darou shi, kore ijou tsuzuke temo shikata aru mai.
The conclusion will likely not be reached today, so there's no point to continue on like this.
Example #8

kuuseki ga aru no ni tatteitemo shou ga nai.
There is no sense in standing when there are seats available.

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