JLPT N2 Grammar (eru / uru)

Meaning

can; to be able to; is possible

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)得る
(える/うる)

Learn Japanese grammar: 【える/うる】(eru/uru). Meaning: can; to be able to; is possible.

The same kanji can be read both as える (eru) and うる (uru).

Both can be used with the same meaning for the negative form, you must use .

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Example #1

君の話を信じるよ。だってこの世界ではどんなことでも起こり得るから。
kimi no hanashi o shinjiru yo. datte kono sekaide wa donna koto demo okori eru kara.
I believe in your story. I mean, anything is possible in this world.
Example #2

事故はいつでも起こり得るので、気をつけてください。
jiko wa itsu demo okori eru node, ki o tsukete kudasai.
Accidents can happen at any time, so please be careful!
Example #3

タバコを吸いすぎや、お酒を飲み過ぎは病気の原因になり得ます。
tabako o sui sugi ya, o sake o nomi sugi wa byouki no genin ni nari emasu.
Excessive smoking and drinking too much alcohol can cause illness.
Example #4

うんどうふそくはびょうきのげんいんになりえるので、できるだけからだをうごかすようにしてください。
undou fusoku wa byouki no genin ni nari eru node, dekiru dake karada o ugokasu youni shite kudasai.
Lack of exercise can cause illness, so try to move as much as you can.
Example #5

このふきょうではおおてきぎょうのとうさんもありうる。
kono fukyou dewa ootekigyou no tousan mo ariuru.
In this recession, it's possible some major companies may go bankrupt.
Example #6

1つのミスが、かいしゃをとうさんにみちびくこともありえることだ。きをぬかずに、がんばっていこう。
hitotsu no misu ga, kaisha o tousan ni michibiku koto mo ari eru koto da. Ki o nukazu ni, ganbatte ikou.
One mistake can cause a company to go bankrupt. Let's do our best without fail.
Example #7

こんざつしたちかてつは、はじめてのるひとびとにとっては、とてもややこしいものとなりうる。
konzatsu shita chikatetsu wa, hajimete noru hitobito ni totte wa, totemo yayakoshii mono to nari uru.
Crowded subways can be very confusing for first-time users.

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