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N2 Lesson 1: 9/21

確(たし)かに
surely, certainly

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確かに + Phrase
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確(たし)かに is the adverbial use of the な-Adjective 確(たし)か, meaning ‘to be certain’, or ‘to be assured’. It may be used in the same way as ‘certainly’ or ‘surely’ in English, especially when the speaker wants to highlight (A) is definitely the case.
  • 確(たし)かに彼(かれ)はイケメンですが、マナーが悪(わる)いです。
    He is certainly handsome, but he has bad manners.
  • 確(たし)かにさっきのは言(い)い過(す)ぎだった。ごめん。
    What I said earlier was certainly out of line. I’m sorry.
Caution - 確(たし)かに as ‘certainly’ is only used for verifying information, and does not carry the nuance of giving permission, as it does in English.
  • 確(たし)かに結構(けっこう)難(むずか)しいね。ちょっと甘(あま)く見(み)てたわ。
    This is certainly difficult. I underestimated it.
  • 確(たし)かに!宿題(しゅくだい)が終(お)わってるならゲームをしてもいいよ。
    Certainly! You may play video games if you finish your homework.
Caution - When the に is removed, 確(たし)か is often used in a similar way to ‘if I remember correctly’, ‘if I’m not mistaken’, or ‘now that you mention it’.
  • あの人(ひと)は確(たし)かたくやくんのおじさんだったような気(き)がする。
    If I recall correctly,I feel like that person is Takuya-kun’s father.
  • そう言(い)えば、前(まえ)いくら借(か)りたっけ?確(たし)か3千円(せんえん)だったよね?
    By the way, how much money did I borrow the other day? If I remember correctly, it was 3 thousand yen, correct?
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確(たし)かに彼(かれ)は信頼(しんらい)できます。
You can certainly rely on him.
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確(たし)かにその服(ふく)あなたに似合(にあ)う。
Those clothes certainly look good on you.
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学校(がっこう)の規則(きそく)上(じょう)、確(たし)かに生徒(せいと)先生(せんせい)に従(したが)うべきだ。
From the standpoint of the school's rules, students should certainly obey their teacher.
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