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やむをえない (已むを得無い) ([やむをえない] )(yamuwoenai)
    Meaning: no other way to do something しかたがない そうするより方法がない
    Example: この大雪では、試合を中止にするのもやむをえない There's no other way but to cancel the game because of the snowfall
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amanda

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ex #6310   やむを得ず雨天で試合が中止になる場合はある。 
regretfully there may be situations where the game has to be cancelled due to bad weather.  
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(kadoka66)
ex #6311   やむを得ず雨天で試合が中止になる場合はある。 
regretfully there may be situations where the game has to be cancelled due to bad weather.  
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(kadoka66)

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    kadoka66The meaning I think is much stronger than しかったが無い. It expresses the fact that in certain special situations an action or event which is forthcoming is unavoidable. On the other hand although the former is used in similar situations it expresses more the idea that something always pans out in a certain way.

    Coming I expect from the grammar construct 〜ざるをえない

    You can also say やむにやまれず to mean the same thing.

    I added my own example to show an alternative usage.
     
    tmkainif anyone reads the above comment, be careful. しかったが無い is incorrect; the correct phrase is 仕方が無い(しかたがない), without the small "tsu." 
    mochabeanCan the Japanese example and the English translation be moved to the same example rather than separate? I keep getting blank questions on the grammar quiz because of the 'missing' data. 
    dcmochabean - yes, they can. can you do the edit? 

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