〜でなくてなんだろう [〜でなくてなんだろう] (denakute-nandarou)
Meaning: If thats not ... I don't know what is
Example: If that's not a secret society, i don't know what is
JLPT Level: 1
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|always follows a noun. written only|| |
|〜でなくてなんだろう literally means : "If it is not 〜,then what it is/ what can it be?"|| |
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|anon||JLPT Level 4?|| |
|dc||well spotted. Level 1 i think.|| |
|olivier||JPLT Level 1 without a doubt.|| |
|rasmusjp||not to be a nit-picker, but how does that example sentence fit in with "written only"?|| |
|cosmo||suppose we're talking about a person, is 〜でなくてだれだろう acceptable? (same goes for places, time, etc)|| |
|iamharenchi||たとえば？あの人はスミスさんでなくてだれだろう？とか？I think its grammatically correct its just probably not used. Also consider that when speaking about other people you have to be careful about politeness, so saying なくてだれだろう？might be considered a little bit rude.|| |
|joooohn||Is there an equivalent word/phrase which means "if that isn't (X) then what is?" or similar?|
It'd be very handy to use in day to day life.
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