JLPT N1 Grammar (nari~nari)

Meaning

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

How to use

Noun-1なりNoun-2なり
Verb-1
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Verb-2
(dictionary form)

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~

**Notes

  • 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

どうせ暇なら、掃除なり洗濯なりしてくれない?
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

メールなりでんわなりで、かのじょにれんらくしてください。
meeru nari denwa nari de, kanojo ni renraku shite kudasai.
Please get in touch with her by e-mail or phone.
Example #3

かおいろがわるいですよ。すわるなりよこになるなり、らくにしてください。
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

やすみでしごとがないなら、そうじするなりせんたくするなり、かじをてつだったらどう?
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

このさかなはなまではたべられないから、にるなりやくなりしてください。
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

もうつかわないなら、ひとにあげるなりすてるなりしたほうがいいとおもいます。
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

かいしゃがとうさんしました。いえのローンもあるし、あさもよるもバイトするなりなんなりして、なんとかこのじょうきょうをのりこえないといけません。
kaisha ga tousan shimashita. ie no roon mo arushi, asa mo yoru mo baito suru nari nan nari shite, nantoka kono joukyou wo 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

KanjiKanaEnglish
彼女かのじょher; she
連絡れんらくcontact
顔色かおいろfacial color
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)
状況じょうきょうcircumstances
乗り越えるのりこえるovercome
なまraw
煮るにるto boil

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