JLPT N1 Grammar ([x] ga [x] nara, [y] mo [y] da)

Meaning

like [father] like [son] (negative meaning)

How to use

XがXなら、YもYだ
XもXなら、YもYだ
X = Noun 1
Y = Noun 2

Learn Japanese grammar: XがXなら、YもYだ ([x] ga [x] nara, [y] mo [y] da). Meaning: Used to say two things are similar (but only in a negative way).

It is very similar to the English expression like [father] like [son], though this grammar is point is only used to express something negative that is similar.

Two nouns are similar in some negative regard.

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Example #1

子供も親も両方良くない
kodomo ga kodomo nara, oya mo oya da.
The kid is bad and so are his parents.
Example #2

子供も親も両方良くない
jibun no kodomo ga mondao wo okoshite gakkou ni yobidasareteiru no ni, sore wo mushi suru oya ga iru. kodomo ga kodomo nara oya mo oya da.
The parent of the kid who caused a problem was called to the school, but ended up ignoring it. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..
Example #3

味もサービスも両方良くない
ano kafee wa, aji mo aji nara, saabisu mo saabisu da.
That cafe's food and service are both bad.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
呼び出されるよびだされるto be called; summoned
無視むしto ignore
あじflavor; taste

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