JLPT N1 Grammar (no yara~no yara)

Meaning

contemplating two opposing choices

How to use

[A]のやら + [B]のやら
Verbのやら
い-adjective
な-adjectiveなのやら

Learn Japanese grammar: (no yara~no yara). Meaning: contemplating two opposing choices.

Both choices used with this grammar must have opposite or contrary meanings.

This grammar form is often used in conversations.

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Example #1

暇か忙しいかどっちだろう
shigoto ga nai no de mainichi tomodachi to asondeiru. hima nano yara isogashii no yara.
Since I'm out of work, I've just been hanging out with my friends everyday. I'm not sure if I'm "full of free time" or busy.
Example #2

嘘か本当かどっちだろう
uso nano yara hontou na no yara, kareshi ga "aishiteru" to itte kureta.
I'm not sure if it was a lie or the truth, but my boyfriend told me that he loves me!
Example #3

喜ぶべきなのか悲しむべきなのかどっちとも言えないが
yorokonde ii no yara kanashinde ii no yara, saikin furiiransu shigoto no irai ga ooku, shumi no jikan ga mattaku torenai.
Lately I've gotten a lot of requests for freelance work. I'm not sure whether I should be happy or sad though, since I have no free time to enjoy myself.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
ひまfree time
うそlie
彼氏かれしboyfriend
喜ぶよろこぶto be happy
悲しいかなしいto be sad
フリーランスふりーらんすfreelance (work)
依頼いらいrequest
趣味しゅみhobbies

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