ほかない [ほかない] (hokanai)
Meaning: nothing else to do but...
Example: nothing else to do but stay in bed
JLPT Level: 2
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|＊In (より)ほかない、the より is optional.|
＊Alternative grammar includes: 〜(する)しかない and 〜以外に方法がない.
Ｖ(plain form) + (より)ほかない
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|Miki||The second example implies there is nothing else to do. |
I think "nothing better to do than to stay warm and sleep >> 暖かくして寝るより やりよう／しょう がない。
|Amatuka||Interesting. Not sure what the より is doing in the second example then. Anyway example check to +1. || |
|Miki||As for the first example, it was picked up exactly from an article but the end of the sentence is a bit weird for me. As an example, it would be better to delete そうだ in the end. →その他に道がないために。|| |
|dc||when there is a yori in the phrase does it imply "better" as in nothing better?|
勉強するほかない = nothing to do but study
勉強するよりほかない = nothing better to do than study
|Miki||I think your understanding is correct.|| |
|wynnej2||As far as I understand this has a very similar meaning although somewhat stronger>>|
Would this be correct?
|StayGold||The use of より makes the phrase more formal. See Dictionary of Advanced Japanese grammar yori/no hoka (ni) (wa) nai (pg 734)|| |
|karekano||Ex #3223 is missing ほかない。。。|| |
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