Japanese いわば grammar iwaba

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Let’s learn Japanese いわば grammar iwaba :

Formation :

いわばNのような
いわばVような

Meaning and how to use :

This structure is used to metaphorically illustrate an explanation for easy understanding. Usually translated as “It feels like…”, “we can say that it’s like…”.

Examples

この子猫はいわば私たちの家族の一員だ。
Kono koneko wa iwaba watashitachi no kazoku no ichiinda.
That kitten is like a member of our family.

彼女はいわば生きている辞書だ。
Kanojo wa iwaba ikite iru jishoda.
She is like a living dictionary.

あの事件はいわば夢のです。
Ano jiken wa iwaba yume nodesu.
It was like a dream.

彼はいわば仏のような優しい人です。
Kare wa iwaba Futsu no youna yasashii hitodesu.
He is a gentle person like a Buddha.

学校はいわば私の家ような親しい感じがあります。
Gakkou wa iwaba watashinoie youna shitashii kanji ga arimasu.
The school makes me feel almost like my home.

Note: This is used in writing. In some case, it can be dismissed .  Used with verbs, nouns that evoke things or things that are easy to imagine or commonly known.

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