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N1 Lesson 9: 6/20


Cannot tell, describe, say, express or find words for how, Words cannot express, Too … for words, Extremely

と言ったらありはない is a written, rarely used variant


More common patterns:
Noun + たら(1) + ありゃしない(2)
[い]Adjective[さ](3) + たら(1) + ありゃしない(2)

Less common patterns:
Verb + たら(1) + ありゃしない(2)
[な]Adjective + たら(1) + ありゃしない(2)

(1) たら
(2) ありしない


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About ったら・といったら

といったらない is a set expression used to highlight a very high extent of something (like being disappointed, astonished and so on), to the point of not being able to describe it with mere words. Unlike ったらない it is only used in a negative context, and often follows words like 図々しい、ばかばかしい、恥ずかしい、みっともない、情けない and the like.


  • 凹凸(おうとつ)(おお)地形(ちけい)(はし)りにくい()ったらありはしない。」

    'I cannot tell you how difficult it is to run on uneven terrain.'

  • (いぬ)()ったのに世話(せわ)をしないなんて、無責任(むせきにん)ったらありゃしない。」

    'I cannot tell you how irresponsible it is to keep a dog but not take care of it.'

  • 上司(じょうし):「(きみ)毎日(まいにち)毎日(まいにち)会社(かいしゃ)遅刻(ちこく)して()て。見苦(みぐる)しいったらありゃしないぞ。」

    Boss: 'You are late for work every single day. I can't tell you how unseemly it is!'

  • 「さだおさん企業(きぎょう)倒産(とうさん)してからの元従業員(もとじゅうぎょういん)連中(れんちゅう)態度(たいど)()ったらありゃしない。」

    'I cannot express the attitude of Sadao's former employees after his company went bankrupt.'

    The negative attitude is implied from context, rather than explicitly stated.

  • 昨晩(さくばん)(おそ)帰宅(きたく)したルームメイトに()こされた。(はら)がたつったらありゃしない。」

    'I was awoken by my roommate who returned home late last night. I can't tell you how angry I am.'

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