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N3 Lesson 2: 20/22


Thanks to, Because of


Verb + おかげ
[い]Adjective + おかげ
[な]Adjective + + おかげ
Noun + + おかげ


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About おかげで

おかげで (or お(かげ)で in kanji) is an expression that is used to show thanks or appreciation in Japanese. It is usually translated simply as 'thanks to (A)', or 'because of (A)'. おかげで is a combination of the polite prefix お, the noun (かげ) 'shade', and the case marking particle で.
おかげで can be used after any word in its attributive form.
  • タケルくんに手伝(てつだ)ってもらった(かげ)仕事(しごと)(はや)()わったよ。今日(きょう)本当(ほんとう)にありがとうね。
    We were able to finish work early, thanks to you helping us Takeru. Thank you so much for today.
  • 部屋(へや)(きたな)(かげ)どこ(なに)がある(まった)()からない
    Thanks to my room being so dirty, I don't know where anything is. (Sarcasm)
  • 友達(ともだち)有名(ゆうめい)(かげ)どんな高級(こうきゅう)レストランでも予約(よやく)なし(はい)れる。
    Thanks to my friend being famous, we can go to any fancy restaurant without a reservation.
  • あなたおかげで不自由(ふじゆう)ない生活(せいかつ)できている
    Thanks to you, we can live a life free of inconvenience.
Literally, (かげ) means 'in the shade of (A)'. This implies that (B) was only made possible due to (A) creating the ideal situation for it to occur.
おかげで may sometimes be used sarcastically, in the same way as 'thanks to (A)' in English. In these sentences, it is usually quite clear from the context/tone of voice that the actual meaning is negative.
  • (まえ)(へん)(こと)()ったおかげで(おれ)()たい(こと)(わす)れちゃったじゃん!
    Thanks to you saying something weird, I forgot what I wanted to say! (Sarcasm)
  • あいつおかげでまた残業(ざんぎょう)よ。
    We have to work overtime again thanks to him. (Sarcasm)
Fun Fact
おかげで is often used at the beginning of a sentence in the same way as 'thankfully' or 'luckily' in English. This just means that whatever comes after おかげで happened, despite negative outcomes also being possible.
  • おかげで、テストに合格(ごうかく)することができました。
    Thankfully, I was able to pass my test.
  • おかげでいい休暇(きゅうか)()ごせました。
    Thanks to you, I was able to enjoy a nice holiday.


  • 勉強(べんきょう)おかげで試験(しけん)合格(ごうかく)した。

    I passed the test thanks to studying.

  • (ぶん)プロおかげで文法(ぶんぽう)理解(りかい)できるようになってきた。

    Thanks to Bunpro, I am starting to understand grammar.

  • (かれ)運転(うんてん)仕方(しかた)上手(じょうず)おかげで、ちょうど()()った。

    Thanks to his skillful driving, we arrived on time.

  • オニヅカ先生(せんせい)日本語(にほんご)(おし)えてもらったおかげで、ぺらぺらと(はな)せるようになった。

    Thanks to Onizuka-sensei teaching me Japanese, I have come to speak it fluently.

  • おかげで(たす)かった()てくれてありがとう

    Thanks to you, I was saved. Thank you for coming.

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