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N2 Lesson 1: 11/23


Just in case, Just to be sure


一応(いちおう) + Phrase


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About 一応 ①

When used as an adverb, 一応(いちおう) can often carry the nuance of (A) not being perfect, but the minimum required in order to prevent (B). This particular nuance of 一応(いちおう) may be interpreted as 'just in case, (A)', or 'just to be sure (A)'.
  • 今日(きょう)はずっと()れって天気(てんき)予報(よほう)()ってたけど(くも)ってきたから 一応(いちおう)(かさ)()って()ったほうがいいかも。
    They said it was going to be sunny all day today on the forecast, but it's starting to get cloudy so it might be better to bring an umbrella just in case.
  • これで大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)だと(おも)うけど、 一応(いちおう)チェックしておいてくれない?
    I think this is fine, but just to be sure, can you please double check it for me?
When 一応(いちおう) is used this way, it frequently highlights that (B) happening is unlikely, but the precautionary measure of (A) might be a good idea to avoid it. This is in contrast to another common use of 一応(いちおう) which can be translated as 'more or less', or 'for the time being'. However, in both of its uses, it simply indicates the minimum amount of (A) which is fulfilling some requirement.
  • 田中(たなか):「仕事(しごと)()れてきた?」鈴木(すずき):「はい、 一応(いちおう)...」
    Tanaka: 'Have you gotten used to work?' Suzuki: 'Yes, more or less…'
  • 一応(いちおう)はよくなってるみたいですけど、また来週(らいしゅう)病院(びょういん)まで()てください。
    For the time being, it seems like you're getting better, but please come to the hospital again next week.




    Before testing something, a conversation between employees: '(I don't think they really care, but) Just in case, I will tell them in advance.'


    Chat between roommates: 'I have a facebook account just in case, but I don't use it much.'


    Conversation between friends: 'He said that plain clothes are okay, but just in case, he wore a suit.'


    Teacher, to students: 'I do not think that we will need scissors, but just in case, please prepare them.'


    A friend is giving advice: 'If you move, just in case, greet the neighbors.'

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一応 ① – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (3 in total)

  • eefara


    One quick question about the example sentences, not related to 一応:

    Could I get a quick explanation for what しないと is doing here? My best guess is that it’s some sort of speculative と, making the sentence something like, “if you don’t greet your neighbors […]”, but I’m not completely sure.

  • mrnoone



    It is this grammar point, more or less command, with だめ・いけない, etc omitted. ね makes it more friendly.

    I hope it helps,

  • eefara


    Dang, I even searched for it beforehand, to. :\ Thank you, though!

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