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N2 Lesson 7: 7/21


~ way, In a way that suggests, Like ~


こんな(1) + ふう + Phrase
Verb + ふう + Phrase
Verb + ふう + ではない

(1) そんなあんなどんな


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About ふうに

(ふう) 'wind', 'air', commonly appearing as kana, is a suffix in Japanese used to indicate that something is in the style, manner, or method of what comes before it.
This use of ふう appears following verbs, and works in the same way as a な-Adjective. This means that it will be followed by に when being used adverbially to further describe something that is being done 'in the way of (A)'.
  • (かれ)仕事(しごと)をやっているふうに()えるけど、ただそう()えるだけで、(なに)もしていない。
    He looks like he is doing his job, but it just looks like it and he isn't actually doing anything.
  • 先輩(せんぱい)には頑張(がんば)っているふうに()えないかもしれないけど、これでもめちゃくちゃ頑張(がんば)っているんです。
    Senpai, it may not look like I'm working hard, but this is me trying my hardest.
Also, it is common for ふうに to be used after pre-noun adjectival words such as こんな, そんな, and あんな. This just highlights that something is being done 'like this', 'like that', etc.
  • こんなふうに(むす)んだらすぐ(ほど)けちゃうよ。
    If you tie a knot like this, it will get undone easily.
  • そんなふうに(わたし)をみないでよ。(わたし)本当(ほんとう)(なに)もやってないから!
    Don't look at me like that. I really didn't do anything!
  • あんなふうに絶対(ぜったい)なりたくない。
    I never want to be like that.
Fun-fact - For ease of remembering, coming from the kanji for (かぜ) 'wind', ふう can be thought of as similar to English phrases like 'to have an air of (A)', etc. However, this is just a tool for memorization, as the overlap in meaning is not 100%.




    I don't know in what way doing it would be good. (I don't know how to do it)


    At some point, I too want to become like this (way).


    I wonder what it would take to (what if done would) be able to become that way.


    With that attitude, (he) doesn't appear to be thinking about a promotion. (In that way)


    Pretending in a way that suggests you think you like it, even though you really don't, is insincere.

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ふうに – Grammar Discussion

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  • tai


    Is anyone able to explain the double particle in these two example sentences? From most of the examples, I’m understanding ふうに to be used like an adverb, so to see は right after it confuses me.


    I don’t see what the に is doing here. I feel like the に is implying something that isn’t explicitly worded (e.g. すること or something), but in my brain it would make more sense without the に at all.

    あにはすぐにうそをつく。ぼくはそんなふうに はなりたくない。

    And in this sentence, I don’t see what the は does, since なる follows に naturally. Omitting either に or は in this case makes sense to me, though sounds less natural if using は only.

    After coming across this sentence again, I did a bit more reading and since ふう can be a noun on its own, には could be actin...

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