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N2 Lesson 8: 20/22


If, If it is true that

ようじゃ is more casual.


Verb + ようでは(2) + (Negative Result)

(2) ようじゃ


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About ようでは・ようじゃ

ようでは is a combination of the auxiliary verb (よう) 'manner', or 'seeming', and では, a conjunction that is frequently used as an abbreviation of それなら in expressing 'if'. Due to this, ようでは itself often has the meaning of 'if', with extra focus on the fact that (A) is something unconfirmed, or only being guessed at. This may be translated as 'if it is the case that (A)', or 'if that which seems to be (A) is true'.
In most cases, ようでは will be used to make an evaluation that if (A) is true, then some particular negative result will arise from it.
ようでは will primarily appear after verbs in any of their standard forms.
  • こんな毎日(まいにち)(おな)じミスをするようでは、いつまで()っても店長(てんちょう)にはなれませんよ。
    If you keep making the same mistake everyday, you will never be able to become a manager.
  • これらの文法(ぶんぽう)()からないようでは、N2に合格(ごうかく)することはできません。
    If you do not understand these grammars, you will not be able to pass N2.
  • これぐらいの(たか)さで(こわ)がっているようでは消防士(しょうぼうし)にはなれませんよ。
    You can't become a firefighter if you're afraid of heights like this.
ようでは puts extra focus on the appearance or condition of (A), based on what is observable by the speaker. In this way, it is often the speaker's subjective (negative) opinion about what they perceive to be true.




    If he can't change a baby's diapers, he can't be called a man who can raise a child. ( appears that...)


    If you envy other people's achievements, it won't lead to your own achievements. ( appears that...)


    If you are going to give up at this distance, you won't be able to take on the challenge of real mountain climbing. ( appears that...)


    If you can make these kinds of mistakes about the time and date, you can't do your job. ( appears that...)


    If you can't keep up with your daily study routine, I don't think you can pass the test. ( appears that...)

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ようでは・ようじゃ – Grammar Discussion

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  • megatron0000




    Do these have the same meaning?

  • Fuga


    Hey @megatron0000 !

    Those sentences do not have the same meaning. なら is used when making guesses about what may or could happen in a situation. ようでは is used to make guesses about what may or could happen if a situation mentioned before came true or if that situation continues.

    ‘If you envy other’s success, it will not help you succeed.’
    This sentence has the nuance of ‘You will not succeed if you envy other’s success’.

    ‘If you envy other’s success, it will not help you succeed.’
    This sentence has the nuance of ‘You will not succeed if it is true that you are envying other’s success (You will never succeed if you continue to envy other’s success)’.

    We hope that helps you understand the difference a little better!

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