JLPT N2 Grammar (yori hoka nai)

Meaning

to have no choice but ~

How to use

Verb (dictionary)(より)ほか(は)ない
(より)ほか(しかたが)ない
yori hoka nai よりほかない jlpt n2 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (yori hoka nai). Meaning: to have no choice but ~.

This may be used either as:

  • よりほかはない (yori hoka wa nai).
  • よりほか仕方がない【よりほかしかたがない】(yori hoka shikata ga nai).

To use with a Noun, instead use .


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Example #1

このしごとはきみにしんらいするよりほかはない。
kono shigoto wa kimi ni shinrai suru yori hoka wa nai.
I have no choice but to trust you with this job.
Example #2

バスがないので、あるいていくよりほかしかたがない。
basu ga nai node, aruite iku yori hoka shikata ga nai.
Since there are no buses, i have no choice but to go on foot.
Example #3

たよれるひとはいないから、じぶんがやるよりほかしかたがない。
tayoreru hito wa inai kara, jibun ga yaru yori hoka shikata ga nai.
I have no one to depend on, so the only option is to do it myself.
Example #4

ぼくはがくりょくがたりないからべんきょうでおぎなうよりほかはない。
boku wa gakuryoku ga tarinai kara benkyou de oginau yori hoka wa nai.
I don't have great academic ability, so I need to make up for it by studying.
Example #5

じてんしゃがこわれてしまった。がっこうへバスでいくよりほかしかたがない。
jitensha ga kowarete shimatta. gakkou e basu de iku yori hoka shikata ga nai.
My bicycle broke. Now I have no choice but to go to school by bus.
Example #6

たいふうがくるので、ざんねんだがあしたのたいかいはえんきするよりほかない。
taifuu fa kuru node, zannen da ga ashita no taikai wa enki suru yori hoka nai.
A typhoon is coming, so although it is unfortunate the only option is to delay the event.
Example #7

こんなけいえいじょうきょうがつづくようであれば、みせをしめるよりほかないですよ。
konna keiei joukyou ga tsuzuku you de areba, mise o shimeru yori hoka nai desu yo.
If business conditions keep continuing like this, there will be no choice but to close up shop.
Example #8

くすりはきらいだが、のまないとびょうきをなおせないから、のむよりしかたがない。
kusuri wa kirai da ga, nomanai to byouki o naosenai kara, nomu yori hoka shikata ga nai.
I hate medicine, but if I don't take it, I can't cure my disease, so I have no choice but to take it.

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