JLPT N1 Grammar (nari~nari)


[A] or [B] or something; for instance ~

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nari~nari なり~なり jlpt n1 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (nari~nari). Meaning: [A] or [B] or~; This is used to express different acceptable options without a preference.

[A] is OK, [B] is OK.. Either is fine, at any rate~


  • なり (nari) can be used only one time.
  • It cannot be used when directed towards a person of higher social status.

Special use ~なりなんなり

This special use is used to emphasize 何なりと (nan nari to) “or whatever it takes”.

denwa nari nan nari

phone calls or whatever it takes..

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Example #1

douse hima nara, souji nari sentaku nari shite kurenai?
Since you have nothing to do, could you please help with the cleaning or laundry?
Example #2

meeru nari denwa nari de, kanojo ni renraku shite kudasai.
Please get in touch with her by e-mail or phone.
Example #3

kaoiro ga warui desuyo. suwaru nari yoko ni naru nari, raku ni shite kudasai.
You're face is pretty pale. Please sit down or lay down, whatever makes you comfortable.
Example #4

yasumi de shigoto ga nai nara, souji suru nari sentaku suru nari, kaji o tetsudattara dou?
Since you're off of work, why don't you help out with the housework like cleaning or laundry?
Example #5

kono sakana wa nama de wa taberarenai kara, niru nari yaku nari shite kudasai.
This fish can't be eaten raw, so please boil or fry it somehow.
Example #6

mou tsukawanai nara, hito ni ageru nari suteru nari shita hou ga ii to omoimasu.
If you're not going to use it anymore, I think it's best you either give it to someone else or throw it away.
Example #7

kaisha ga tousan shimashita. ie no roon mo arushi, asa mo yoru mo baito suru nari nan nari shite, nantoka kono joukyou o norikoenaito ikemasen.
My company went bankrupt and since I have a mortgage on the house, I'll need to find a new job or work morning and night shifts at various part time jobs, whatever it takes to overcome this situation.

Vocabulary List

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座るすわるto sit
横になるよこになるto lay down
捨てるすてるto throw away
倒産とうさんbankruptcy (commercial)
煮るにるto boil

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