JLPT N1 Grammar (denakute nan darou)

Meaning

must be; is definitely ~

How to use

Nounでなくてなんだろう

Learn Japanese grammar: (denakute nan darou). Meaning: if not … then what is it?; (this) is nothing other than …; (it) must be …; (it) is definitely …​

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Example #1

かのじょにたいするこのきもちは、あいでなくてなんだろう。
kanojo ni taisuru kono kimochi wa, ai denakute nan darou.
The feeling of mine for her must be love.
Example #2

こどものためにびょうきになるまではたらくとは、おやのあいでなくてなんだろう。
kodomo no tame ni byouki ni naru made hataraku to wa, oya no ai denakute nan darou.
Working to the point of sickness for the sake of one's child is nothing other than parental love.
Example #3

かれはさいばんでむざいをしゅちょうしているが、かれのやったことはさつじんでなくてなんだろう。
kare wa saiban de muzai o shuchou shite iru ga, kare no yatta koto wa satsujin denakute nan darou.
He is claiming to be innocent in court, but what he did was clearly murder.
Example #4

あのせいじかのやったことはおしょくでなくてなんだろう。
ano seijika no yatta koto wa oshoku denakute nan darou.
What that politician did was definitely corrupt.
Example #5

ともだちひこうきでとなりにすわったひととけっこんしたそうだ。これがうんめいでなくてなんだろう。
tomodachi wa hikouki de tonari ni suwatta hito to kekkon shita sou da. kore ga unmei denakute nan darou.
My friend is married to the person I was sitting next to on the plane. This must be fate.
Example #6

しゃしんではイケメンだったのに、じつぶつはぜんぜんちがうなんて、さぎでなくてなんだろうか。
shashin dewa ikemen datta noni, jitsubutsu wa zenzen chigau nante, sagi denakute nan darou ka.
In the picture, he looks handsome, but the reality is completely different, isn't that a scam?
Example #7

かれのおしつけがましいたいど、それはあいをもとめるこえでなくてなんだろう。
kare no oshitsuke ga mashii taido, sore wa ai o motomeru koe denakute nan darou.
His intrusive attitude is nothing other than a call for love.

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