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かろう

Probably, Right?

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    About かろう

    かろう is an old fashioned grammar pattern that stems from the indeterminate form of the い-Adjective, かろ, and the addition of the auxiliary verb う. This transforms what would be seen in modern Japanese as いい + でしょう into よかろう.

    The meaning itself is the same as だろう and でしょう in expressing agreement or volition, but tends to only be used in dramas or things like anime these days. To use this grammar pattern, simply replace the terminal い of the adjective with かろう.

    The combination of ない and かろう is also fairly common, and will conjugate in the same way as above, as ない itself is an い-Adjective.

    Even within drama and manga, this construction tends to only be used by elderly characters, or characters that have a high level of authority.

    Examples

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      ブランド(もの)のあのバッグは(たか)かろう

      That brand-bag is probably expensive.

      老舗(しにせ)団子屋(だんごや)さんの団子(だんご)美味(おい)かろう

      The dango from that long-established dango shop are probably delicious.

      (いえ)一人(ひとり)留守番(るすばん)をするのは(さみ)かろう

      Looking after a house by yourself is probably lonely.

      このドレスは生地(きじ)がペラペラだから(やす)かろう

      Because the fabric of this dress is weak, it's probably cheap.

      友達(ともだち)(おお)(ひと)は、学校(がっこう)毎日(まいにち)(たの)かろう

      For people that have a lot of friends, even school is probably fun every day.

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