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N4 Lesson 10: 17/18

()われている

It is said that, Is known as

Structure

Phrase + いわれている

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About といわれている

といわれている is often translated as 'to be said that (A)', or 'it is known that (A)'. Like とされている, it is another construction that links the case marking particle, with the passive form of another verb, to mark a commonly held/public opinion. The verb in this case being ()う.
However, unlike とされている which expresses a 'result', といわれている expresses 引用(いんよう) a 'quotation'. To use といわれている, add it to the end of a phrase that you would like to express as being a common thing that is said.
  • 大阪(おおさか)タコ()日本一(にほんいち)美味(おい)といわれている
    It is said that Osaka's takoyaki is the most delicious in Japan.
  • ティフアナ世界一(せかいいち)危険(きけん)(まち)といわれている
    It is said that Tijuana is the most dangerous city in the world.
This particular grammar point is regularly seen both with, and without the kanji for ()う, as the meaning will not change depending on its usage.

Examples

  • この(まち)たくさん有名(ゆうめい)()(もの)がある()われている

    It is said that this town has a lot of famous foods.

  • (あぶ)ない()われているのでしないほうがいい

    Because it is said that it is dangerous, you shouldn't do it.

  • (わたし)(いもうと)(うた)上手(じょうず)(うた)えるとよく()われている

    It is often said that my little sister can sing songs well.

  • ライオンジャングル王様(おうさま)(だ)といわれている

    It is said that the lion is the king of the jungle.

    Isn't it kind of amazing, considering the fact that lions do not live in Jungles?

  • プロテイン()べる(ちから)つくといわれている

    It is said that if you eat protein, you will gain power.

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といわれている – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (14 in total)

  • SevenZeven

    SevenZeven

    About 2 years ago

    Ah thank you! I think understanding this will help me remember it

  • Ambo100

    Ambo100

    About 1 year ago

    Revisiting this grammar point from my understanding the difference is:

    といわれている
    Repeating or reporting on something that has been said by someone else.

    とされている
    Reporting on a wildly held belief or opinion held by others.

  • ShinobiTay

    ShinobiTay

    About 27 days ago

    from the textbook 完全マスター it say といわれている something that is generally believed, more like people say that. which is very similar to me とされいてる is widely considered 。 does anyone know if they are interchangeable if so when or not? is とされているmore stuffy?

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