JLPT N1 Grammar (nari~nari)

How to use

Noun + なり + Noun + なり
Verb (dictionary form) + なり + Verb (dictionary form) + なり
Special use
~なりなんなり

Learn Japanese grammar: (nari~nari). Meaning: or

This grammar point is used to say or when introducing multiple nouns or verbs.

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

メールでも電話でもどの方法でも
meeru nari denwa nari de, kanojo ni renraku shite kudasai.
Please get in touch with her by e-mail or phone.
Example #2

座るでもいい、横になってもいい、楽にして
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 #3

人にあげるとか、捨てるとか、何とかした
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 #4

バイトしたりして何でも
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.
Example #5

煮るとか焼くとか
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.

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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