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N3 Lesson 6: 14/24

()うまでもない ①

It goes without saying (that), (It is) needless to say, I don't need to remind you


Phrase + は + ()までもない

Verb + ということ(1) + ()までもない

[い]Adjective + ということ(1) + ()までもない

[な]Adjective + ということ(2) + ()までもない

Noun + + ()までもない

(1) ことという
(2) という、なこと、な


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About は言うまでもない ①

()うまでもない is a structure that combines the adverbial particle は, the う - Verb ()う, two (2) additional adverbial particles まで and も, and the い-Adjective ない. This is regularly translated as 'it goes without saying that (A)', or 'it is needless to say (A)', where (A) is whatever comes before は.
This expression may be preceded by almost any phrase, but is often emphasized even further by the inclusion of こと (or の), or ということ (or の).
  • (かれ)成績(せいせき)クラス一番(いちばん)なのは()うまでもない
    It goes without saying that his grades are the best in the whole class.
  • ガソリン値段(ねだん)()がれ電気(でんき)自動車(じどうしゃ)(かず)()えることは()うまでもない
    If the gas prices go up, it goes without saying that the amount of electric cars will increase.
  • 師匠(ししょう)(たたか)(かた)(すご)ということは()うまでもない
    It goes without saying how amazing the master's fighting style is.
  • 彼女(かのじょ)(うた)うの上手(うま)い。ピアノも()うまでもない
    She is very good at singing. Needless to say, the piano too.
Literally, this expression is a combination of the meanings of its individual parts.
は - Presents the topic.
()う - Presents that topic as something that can be said.
まで - Presents 'being said' as an extent.
も - Emphasizes the extent set by まで.
ない - Expresses that extent as not existing.
Fun Fact
This grammar pattern will often be followed by structures such as が, to add a 'but' nuance.
  • (かれ)日本語(にほんご)うまいのは()うまでもないが日本語(にほんご)上手(うま)日本(にほん)に30(ねん)()でいるからである
    It goes without saying that his Japanese is very good, but he is good at Japanese because he has been living in Japan for 30 years.
  • 一人(ひとり)(やま)(のぼ)(あぶ)ないというのは()うまでもないが()つけて()それほど(あぶ)なくはない
    It goes without saying that it is dangerous to climb a mountain on your own, but if you go cautiously, it is not that dangerous.


  • (こま)っている(ひと)(たす)けるべきというのは()までもない

    It goes without saying that one should help people in need.

  • エネルギーの無駄(むだ)使(づか)いをやめれば、電気代(でんきだい)()がることは()までもない

    It goes without saying that if you stop wasting electricity, the electricity bill will go down.

  • ともちゃんの大阪(おおさか)での知名度(ちめいど)(たか)ことは()までもない

    It goes without saying that Tomo-chan's popularity in Osaka is high.

  • 「にせあい」がこの世代(せだい)最良(さいりょう)漫画(まんが)(ひと)つであることは()までもないだろう。

    It goes without saying that 'False love' is one of the best manga of this generation.

  • ()きるのに酸素(さんそ)必要(ひつよう)ことは()までもない

    It goes without saying that oxygen is essential to live.

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は言うまでもない ① – Grammar Discussion

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  • CrisH


  • nekoyama


    言わずもがな is a real expression that either means something does not have to be said (like 言うまでもない), or that something is better left unsaid.

    言う + negation ず + inclusive も + desire がな.

  • CrisH


    Thanks! Hadn’t come across がな before, and this phrase isn’t mentioned at all as part of the grammar point…

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