JLPT N4 Grammar (matawa)


both; or; otherwise​; choice between [A] or [B]

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matawa または または jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: 又は 【】(matawa). Meaning: both; or; otherwise​; choice between [A] or [B].

The kanji version is used in more advanced Japanese 又は, and this grammar can be used to express 2 different meanings.

Meaning 1) To choose one option between [A] and [B]. A more formal version of “or”.

Meaning 2) Both options [A] and [B] are valid.

*Note* This grammar point is very similar in meaning to .

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Example #1

koohii matawa ocha kara o erabi kudasai.
Please choose from either coffee or tea.
Example #2

nihongo matawa eigo de hanasemasu.
I can speak both Japanese and English.
Example #3

denwa matawa meeru de henji shite kudasai.
Please respond either by phone or email.
Example #4

kaijou ni wa chuushajou ga arimasen. densha matawa basu o goriyou kudasai.
There is no parking lot at the event location. Please come either by train or bus.
Example #5

A sha to keiyaku suru no ka, matawa B sha to keiyaku suru no ka, konshuujuu ni kimenakareba naranai.
I need to choose this week whether I will go into contract with company A or company B.
Example #6

kokuseki ya seibetsu matawa shokugyou nado de hito o sabetsu shite wa ikenai.
We should not judge people based on their nationality, gender, or occupation.
Example #7

denwa de yoyaku shitemo, matawa fakusu de yoyaku shitemo ryoukin wa onaji daga, intaanetto de yoyaku suru to purezento ga moraeru.
If you reserve via phone or fax, the fee is the same, but if you reserve online, you receive a present.

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