JLPT N3 Grammar (wake niwa ikanai)

Meaning

must not; cannot afford to; must, have no choice but to~

How to use

Verb (casual, non-past)わけにはいかない
わけにはいきません
Verb (ない form)
wake niwa ikanai わけにはいかない jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (wake niwa ikanai) & (wake niwa ikimasen). Meaning: must not; cannot afford to; must, have no choice but to~.

  • When used with a positive verb, it means “must not do“.
  • When used with a negative verb, it means “must do“.

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Example #1

あしたはテストがあるから、ゲームをするわけにはいかない。
ashita wa tesuto ga aru kara, geemu o suru wake niwa ikanai.
I have a test tomorrow, so there's no way I can play games right now.
Example #2

にほんのぜいきんは、たかくてもはらわないわけにはいかない。
nihon no zeikin wa, takaku temo harawanai wake niwa ikanai.
Even if Japanese taxes are high, they must be paid.
Example #3

あとでくるまをうんてんするので、いまおさけをのむわけにはいかない。
ato de kuruma o unten suru node, ima osake o nomu wake niwa ikanai.
I will be driving a car later, so I cannot drink any alcohol now.
Example #4

いくとやくそくしたから、いかないわけにはいきません。
iku to yakusoku shita kara, ikanai wake ni wa ikimasen.
I promised that I’d go, so I have no choice but to go.
Example #5

あんなにおもしろそうなえいがを、みにいかないわけにはいかない。
anna ni omoshiro sou na eiga o, mi ni ikanai wake niwa ikanai.
That movie looks really interesting, I absolutely need to go and see it!
Example #6

きょうはかのじょのたんじょうびだけど、システムトラブルでみんながんばっているし、わたしだけかえるわけにはいかない。
kyou wa kanojo no tanjoubi da kedo, shisutemutoraburu de minna ganbatte iru shi, watashi dake kaeru wake niwa ikanai.
Today is my girlfriend's birthday, but there is some system trouble at work and everyone is working hard to fix it so it's not like only I can go home..
Example #7

ちょっとねつがあるけど、きょうはだいじなかいぎがあるからやすむわけにはいかない。
chotto netsu ga aru kedo, kyou wa daiji na kaigi ga aru kara yasumu wake niwa ikanai.
I have a little fever, but today there is an important meeting so there's no way I can take the day off.
Example #8

となりのへやでいま、あかちゃんがねているので、ピアノをひくわけにはいかない。
tonari no heya de iam, akachan ga nete iru node, piano o hiku wake niwa ikanai.
The baby is sleeping next door right now, so I can't play piano.
Example #9

せっかくとうきょうへきたのだから、とうきょうタワーにいかないわけにはいかない。
sekkaku toukyou e kita no dakara, toukyou tawaa ni ikanai wake niwa ikanai.
Since I've come all the way to Tokyo, I must go to see Tokyo Tower!

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