JLPT N1 Grammar (no yara / mono yara / koto yara)

Meaning

I wonder..; unsure; I don’t know ~

How to use

Verb (casual form)のやら
ものやら
ことやら
Noun + な
な-adjective + な
い-adjective + い
no yara のやら jlpt n1 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (no yara / mono yara / koto yara). Meaning: I wonder..; unsure; I don’t know ~.

This expresses the doubt of the speaker. The particle , indicates a sense of uncertainty.

Example – I wonder what…?

nani o shitara ii no yara

I wonder what should (I) do?

Example – I wonder when…?

itsu kaereru koto yara

I wonder when (they) will return home?

To express uncertainty between 2 choices, use .

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

いまのふけいきはいつまでつづくのやら?
ima no fukeiki wa itsumade tudzuku no yara?
I wonder how long this current economic slump will continue.
Example #2

むすこはだいがくをそつぎょうしたのに、しごともせずになにをやっているのやら。
musuko wa daigaku o sotsugyou shita no ni, shigoto mo sezu ni nani o yatteiru no yara.
Even though my son has graduated from university, he isn't working. I wonder what he is doing.
Example #3

ことばもはなせないのに、らいねんはんとしかんベトナムにいくことにした。どうなることやら。
kotoba mo hanasenai no ni, rainen hantoshi kan betonamu ni iku koto ni shita. dou naru koto yara.
Even though I don't speak the language, I decided to go to Vietnam for half a year next year. I wonder what will happen...
Example #4

もうすぐだいがくにゅうしなのに、たなかさんはべんきょうせずにゲームばかりして、なにをかんがえているのやら。
mou sugu daigaku nyuushi nano ni, tanaka san wa benkyou sezu ni geemu bakari shite, nani o kangaeteiru no yara.
Even though university entrance exams are right around the corner, Tanaka doesn't study and spends all his time playing games. Really, what is he thinking?
Example #5

おくさんをガンでなくしたかれに、どうこえをかけたらいいものやら。
okusan o gan de nakushita kare ni dou koe o kaketara ii mono yara.
He recently lost his wife to cancer and so I'm not sure how I should approach him/
Example #6

マンションのちかくのこうえんであそぶこどものこえがうるさくてしかたがないが、どこにくじょうをいっていいものやらわからない。
manshon no chikaku no kouen de asobu kodomo no keo ga urusakute shikata ga nai ga, doko ni kujou o itte ii mono yara wakaranai.
The kids at the park by my apartment are really loud. Although it can't be helped, is there no place for me to vent my frustration?

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