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N2 Lesson 2: 14/24


Across, Throughout, Extends, Over (a period of time or range)


Noun + にわたっ(1)
Noun + にわたる(2) + Noun

(1) にわた
(2) にわたった


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About にわたって

Partnered with the case marking particle に, the う-Verb (わた)る 'to cross' in its て-form highlights a span of something in regard to breadth, size, or time. This structure is often translated as either 'across (A)', 'throughout (A)', 'extending through (A)', or 'over the period of (A)'.
Like other verb structures that pair with nouns, the standard form may also be used when paired with a second noun, in order to modify that noun.
  • (かれ)脱獄(だつごく)()長年(ながねん)(わた)って警察(けいさつ)から()(かく)(つづ)けた。
    He continued to hide from the police for many years after his escape.
  • 15(ねん)(わた)戦争(せんそう)は、ついにその(まく)()じた。
    A war that has been taking place for over fifteen years has finally come to its end.
Coming from the meaning of (わた)る 'to cross', this grammar pattern always expresses that something is either happening or exists 'all across (A)', or 'from the start to the finish'. Additionally, (わた)って is considered quite formal, so will often be seen in articles or on the news.
Caution - As (わた)る indicates a span of something that is being crossed, the 'span' must always be indicated clearly.
  • 今朝(けさ)(わた)って(おこな)われた会議(かいぎ)がようやく()わった。
    The meeting that has been going on throughout the whole morning has finally ended.
  • 今晩(こんばん)(わた)って()(つづ)けていたA(しゃ)(かぶ)がやっと()がった。
    The stock of Company A has finally risen after going down throughout tonight.




    Tomorrow, heavy snow will fall all across Hokkaido.


    The C1 is impassable over a range of 5 kilometers due to snow. Please use the detour.


    City Hall will be closed over a period that extends from 9 p.m until 6 a.m the next day.


    The closing ceremony for the winter Olympics, held over the span of two months, will be carried out today.


    Unfortunately the service we have come to use over a long period of time will end.

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にわたって – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (6 in total)

  • Pushindawood


    @Redglare Hey! This sentence is not necessarily about how にわって fits in the sentence, but how ので fits. ので always follows a verb in plain (ない・る・た) or ます (ません・ます・ました ) form. ので cannot be attached to a verb in て-form. Cheers!

  • Redglare


    I totally forgot about “final” form before ので. Thank you for clearing that up! ^u^/

  • Redglare


    Can you guys believe it, I got this exact sentence wrong again… smh

    This sentence is going to haunt me forever, ghost review or not.

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