JLPT N3 Grammar (ittai)

Meaning

emphasis; what on earth; what in the world~

How to use

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Learn Japanese grammar: 【いったい】(ittai). Meaning: emphasis; what on earth; what in the world~.

This can be used when asking about something surprising, confusing, or unbelievable.

Both the kanji and hiragana form are commonly used.


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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

いったいどこでかれにあったんだ。
ittai doko de kare ni atta nda.
Where on earth did you meet him?
Example #2

あなたはいったいなにをしていますか?
anata wa ittai nani o shite imasu ka?
What exactly are you doing?
Example #3

あのひとはいったいなんのものだ?
ano hito wa ittai nan no mono da?
Who in the world is that?
Example #4

かのじょはいったいどこにすんでいるだろう。
kanojo wa ittai doko ni sunde iru darou.
Where in the world does she live?
Example #5

いったいだれがかのじょにそんなことをいったのか?
ittai dare ga kanojo ni sonna koto o itta no ka?
Who could have said such a thing to her?
Example #6

このさわぎはいったいなんですか?
kono sawagi wa ittai nan desu ka?
What is this fuss all about?
Example #7

きみがほしいのはいったいなんだ。
kimi ga hoshii no wa ittai nan da?
What exactly is it that you want?
Example #8

いったいかれのはなしはほんとうだろうか。
ittai kare no hanashi wa hontou darou ka?
Could his story possibly be true?

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