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N4 Lesson 5: 18/20


There is not ~ that is not/does not


Verb[ない]+ Noun + + ない
[い]Adjective[ない]+ Noun + + Verb[ない]
[な]Adjective + じゃない(1) + Noun + + Verb[ない]

(1) ではない


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About ~ない~はない

~ない~はない is an example of a double negative in Japanese, and is a grammar construction that requires careful attention in order not to incorrectly interpret. Both the い-Adjective (形容詞(けいようし)), and auxiliary verb forms of ない may be used in this construction, depending on what type of word is being negated. Let's take a look at a few examples.
  • (かれ)ピアノ()ない(きょく)ない
    There is no song that he can't play on the piano.
  • (わたし)美味(おい)しくない()(もの)()ない
    I don't eat food that does not taste good.
  • (かれ)(やす)ない(くつ)()ない
    He doesn't buy shoes that aren't cheap.
Literally, this grammar pattern is very similar to 'there isn't an (A) that doesn't (B)' in English.
This term is not to to be confused with なくはない, a more advanced grammar pattern which means 'It's not that it isn't (A)'.
  • (わたし)()ない漢字(かんじ)ない
    There is no kanji that I cannot write.
  • (わたし)漢字(かんじ)()なくはないけど...
    It's not that I can't write kanji, but…




    There is not a single person in my group of friends that doesn't like pizza.


    There is not a person who does not study Japanese at this university.


    There is not a single company that does not use paper.


    There is no coffee at that cafe that is not delicious.


    There is not a single person who doesn't dream, right?

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~ない~はない – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (13 in total)

  • FredKore


    Because the は already occurs earlier in the sentence, and it’s tied to コーヒー. In this sentence, 絶対 (absolutely, no way) is an adverb describing ない. You could make the same sentence without 絶対 and it’d be the same meaning but a little softer.
    At that cafe, there’s no coffee that is not delicious.

  • evandcs


    but in this case

    ボスのいえにはテレビをいていない 部屋へやはない

    there was a は before. Shouldnt it be only ない too?

  • FredKore


    You can have more than one は. Each one goes with a different topic.
    The ideas are grouped together like this:
    Within the topic of: ボスの家に…
    There is none of: ない…
    The topic of: テレビを置いていない部屋.

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