JLPT N2 Grammar (de shika nai)

Meaning

merely; nothing but; no more than; there is only

How to use

Noun + でしかない

Learn Japanese grammar: (de shika nai). Meaning: merely; nothing but; no more than; there is only.

JLPT grammar でしかない (de shika nai)  - Learn Japanese
become a patron

Become a JLPT Sensei member on Patreon for extra bonus downloads.

- Example Sentences

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

Click the below red button to toggle off and and on all of the hints, and you can click on the buttons individually to show only the ones you want to see.

Example #1

もしくすりでなおらなかったら、しゅじゅつでしかない。
moshi kusuri de naorana kattara, shujutsu de shika nai.
If it doesn't heal with the medicine, then there is no choice but to have surgery.
Example #2

かれはしゃちょうですが、りょうしんのめからみるといつまでもこどもでしかない。
kare wa shachou desu ga, ryoushin no me kara miru to itsu made mo kodomo de shika nai.
He might be a company president, but to his parents he’s only a kid.
Example #3

かれはつごうがわるいといっているが、それはこうじつでしかない。
kare wa tsugou ga warui to itte iru ga, sore wa koujitsu de shika nai.
Though he said that his circumstances are no good, I think it’s just an excuse.
Example #4

どんなすばらしいひとでもしぬときはひとりのにんげんでしかない。
donna subarashii hito demo shinu toki wa hitori no ningen de shika nai.
No matter how great you are, you’re merely a human being when you die.
Example #5

それはきみのさっかくでしかない。めをさめてください。
sore wa kimi no sakkaku de shika nai. me o samete kudasai.
That is nothing more than your own delusion. Snap out of it.

View all JLPT N2 Grammar Lessons

JLPT N2 grammar list