Grammar Info
N2 Lesson 4: 16/20

~てしかたがない
extremely, very・really, it can't be helped

Structure
Verb [て] + しょうがない
[い]Adjective[て]+ しょうがない
[な]Adjective + + しょうがない
Details
Register Standard
使用域 一般
仕様
Information
  • [Originally 仕様(しよう)が無(な)い, しょうがない has been more widely adopted due to it being easier to pronounce in speech]
  • [仕方(しかた)が無(な)い is slightly more polite and more often found in literature]
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いつも同(おな)じものを忘(わす)れてしょうがない
I can't help but always forget the same thing (again and again).
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ゲームがしたくてしょうがない
I want to play video games so bad it can't be helped.
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楽(たの)しくてしょうがない
Extremely fun.
[So fun it can't be helped]
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Books
Tobira
Page 357
Quartet II
Page 10
A Handbook of Japanese Grammar Patterns
Page 274