万（が）一 + Phrase
万が一 is primarily used adverbially, so will often come at the beginning of sentences.
- 万が一の時のために防災セットを買っておきましょう。Let's buy a disaster kit (in advance) just in case.
- 万が一来れなくなった場合は、連絡をください。In the unlikely event that you are unable to come, please contact us.
- 万が一の時のためにメールアドレスも教えていただいてもよろしいでしょうか。Can I possibly have your email address too just in case.
- 万一分からないことがあれば、何でも私に聞いてください。If by chance, there is something you don't understand, you can ask me anything.
If an unlikely event happens, it has been decided that the children will be entrusted to grandmother.
By any chance, if I win a lottery, I think I will go on a round-the-world trip.
I decided to buy a fire extinguisher, just in case.
Just in case you think of something, please tell me your idea.
Just in case you should find bear tracks, please let me know.
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万が一 – Grammar Discussion
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I’ve noticed that 万一 often appears in the phrase 万一に備える, to mean to provide against contingencies. Is that true of 万が一 as well?
万一 is just a short 万が一 with the が omitted, so both would work with that phrase! I hope that answers your question!
It does! Thank you! I’ve actually only ever seen 万一に備える in the wild. I didn’t know until I saw that grammar item that 万一 was still used in other contexts!
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