Grammar Info

N2 Lesson 1: 14/21


There's no way to, It's impossible to

This is not Verb[volitional]


Verb[ます+ よう + (1) + ない.
[する]Verb + ()+ しよう + (1) + ない



  • Register


  • 使用域


About ようがない・ようもない

(よう)がない or (よう)もない is an expression used to highlight that there is no 'method' or 'manner' in which to do (A). It can be interpreted as 'there is no way to (A)', or 'it's impossible to (A)'.
This phrase will appear attached to the conjunctive form of verbs.
  • (くるま)自転車(じてんしゃ)(こわ)れているので()(もの)()ようがない
    Because my car and bicycle are broken, there is no way for me to go shopping.
  • パソコンが(くるま)にひかれて粉々(こなごな)になったため(なお)ようがない
    It's impossible to fix my computer because it was run over by a car and smashed to pieces.
  • 電話(でんわ)番号(ばんごう)もメールアドレスも()からないので、連絡(れんらく)のしようがありません
    I have no way to contact them because I don't know their phone number nor their email address.
(よう)がない often focuses on that the action of (A) is not possible, despite that the speaker may actually want to do it.
Caution - Because (よう) will often appear in hiragana, it is important not to get it mixed up with よう, the auxiliary verb used to create the volitional form of verbs such as する.


  • (なん)とも()ようがない(あじ)だ。

    There is no way to put this taste/flavor into words.

  • 弁解(べんかい)しようがない

    It is impossible to explain.

  • これどうにもしようがない

    There is no way to do this.

  • (かれ)(はや)すぎて()()ようがない

    He is too fast, there is no way to overtake him.

  • そんな無理(むり)要求(ようきゅう)をされても、(おう)ようがない

    Even if such an impossible demand is made, it is impossible to comply.

  • Get more example sentences!

    Premium users get access to 12 example sentences on all Grammar Points.

Self-Study Sentences

Study your own way!

Add sentences and study them alongside Bunpro sentences.

ようがない・ようもない – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (7 in total)

  • ggw1776


    How does this differ from っこない?

  • ggw1776



  • Fuga


    Hey @ggw1776 !

    The main difference is that ようがない has the nuance of ‘there is no ‘method’ or ‘manner’ to do (A)’, and っこない has the nuance of ‘it will be impossible to do (A)’. ようがない focuses on the method, while っこない simply states that something is impossible.

    We hope that helps!

Got questions about ようがない・ようもない? Join us to discuss, ask, and learn together!

Join the Discussion