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N4 Lesson 4: 11/18

らしい ①

Seems like, Apparently, I heard


Verb + らしい
[い]Adjective + らしい
[な]Adjective + らしい
Noun + らしい


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About らしい ①

The auxiliary verb らしい is very similar to the auxiliary verbs そうだ and ようだ, in that it expresses something that the speaker 'thinks' is true. This use is known as 推定(すいてい) (presumption) in Japanese. However, despite being a presumption/assumption, らしい usually sounds relatively confident.
らしい is regularly translated as 'it seems like (A)', or 'I heard that (A)'.
To use らしい, attach it to end of any (non-polite) verb, adjective, or noun.
  • ねえ、()?タケシ(くん)キヨミちゃんプロポーズするらしい
    Hey, did you hear? It seems that Takeshi-kun is proposing to Kiyomi-chan.
  • カシキさん彼氏(かれし)カッコいらしい
    I heard that Kashiki-san's boyfriend is handsome.
  • タカギ先輩(せんぱい)さっき()ていた(こと)本当(ほんとう)らしいです
    Apparently the thing that Takagi senpai was talking about earlier is true.
  • あの(ひと)フランス(じん)らしい
    I heard that person is French.
In these examples, らしい indicates that the speaker has some reason to believe that (A) is true. This could be that they heard, saw, or read something, but are still not 100% sure whether their understanding is correct or not. In this way, it sounds very similar to 'it appears as though (A)' in English.
  • 今朝(けさ)新聞(しんぶん)()だけど明日(あした)から(ゆき)()らしい
    I read this in the newspaper this morning, but it appears as though it is going to start snowing tomorrow.
There are 2 main forms of らしい in Japanese. The auxiliary verb usage mentioned above, and the 形容詞(けいようし)一部(いちぶ) (auxiliary adjective), a type of adjective that must be attached to another word for it have have any meaning usage. らしい has the meaning of something that is 'typical of (A)', when used as an auxiliary adjective.
  • あなた本当(ほんとう)(おとこ)らしい
    You are really manly, aren't you. (You exhibit the typical qualities of a man)
  • やっと11(がつ)らしい天気(てんき)になっ
    The weather is finally becoming November-like, don't you think? (Weather that is typical of November)
This い-Adjective use of らしい will be covered more in our second らしい lesson.





    He seems likely to continue his diet.


    I heard that your ex-girlfriend got engaged.


    I heard that he is a president of a company.


    I heard that you can go to Japan even if you cannot speak Japanese. (It seems like you can)


    I heard that the president is going to Cuba. (It appears that he is going)

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らしい ① – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (14 in total)

  • Glaciem52


    What’s らしい and * といた** as I heard ?

  • MikkaT


    Hi, I’m wondering why らしい does not need any kind of だ like ようだ or そうだ.
    The よ in this example would have needed a だ after the noun as well if the らしい wasn’t there. So does らしい take the place of だ as well?

  • Fuga


    Hey @MikkaT !

    Since らしい could also be a auxiliary adjective, it sounds very unnatural when だ is used after it! It is similar to how using だ after い-adjectives sound unnatural.

    We hope this answers your question!

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