Grammar Info

N5 Lesson 7: 11/13

~てもいい

It is alright/fine/okay even if, Can/may, ~ is also okay

Structure

[い]Adjective[く]+ ても + いい
[な]Adjective + でも + いい
Noun + でも + いい

Details

  • Part of Speech

    Expression

  • Word Type

    Adjective

  • Register

    Standard

  • 品詞

    表現

  • 単語の種類

    形容詞

  • 使用域

    一般

About てもいい

Noun, い-Adjective, or な-Adjective + てもいい is a construction in Japanese that is used to express that something is 'okay', or 'alright'. It is also frequently used as a question to ask if you 'can', or 'may' do something.

As can be seen, with い-Adjectives, we will need to use the conjugation form. This is created by removing the い and then replacing it with く.

This phrase is also regularly used without the , but is considered a bit more direct/casual in those cases. It is best to remove the only when talking to people that you know well.

てもいい is an expression that literally means (noun, etc) (also) いい (is good).

Similarly to the てもいい grammar point that is used with verbs, this variant may also be used as a question. To do this, you simply need to follow てもいい with です, or the more casual .

Examples

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  • (たか)てもいい

    It is fine (even) if it's expensive.

    • (なん)でもいいです

      Anything is fine.

      • (だれ)でもいい

        Anyone is fine.

        • 水曜日(すいようび)でもいいです

          Is it fine (even) if it is (on) Wednesday?

          • (つめ)たくてもいい

            It is fine (even) if it is chilled.

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            てもいい – Grammar Discussion

            Most Recent Replies (8 in total)

            • FredKore

              FredKore

              That’s the correct pattern.
              Here’s the positive and negative conjugations of い-adjectives.
              高い → 高くて
              高くない → 高くなくて
              Adjective[て]・Noun[て] | Japanese Grammar SRS
              なくて | Japanese Grammar SRS

            • Boulvejak

              Boulvejak

              What’s the “てもよろしい” form mentioned in the quiz answers? I assume it’s another form, but it’s not mentioned in the lesson info at all.

            • nekoyama

              nekoyama

              よろしい is a more polite alternative to いい with more or less the same meaning.

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