Japanese 一方 grammar ippou

Japanese 一方 grammar ippou
Japanese 一方 grammar ippou

Let’s learn Japanese 一方 grammar ippou

Japanese 一方 grammar ippou

JLPT level : N2

Formation :


Meaning and how to use :

1. Vる+一方(で)
Expresses the meaning “simultanously doing something at the same time with another.” or “Comparing, contrasting two things”.
Often translated as “..as well as../.. on the another hand.”


Watashi ha mainichi kaji o suru ippou de, kaisha no shigoto o shi nakya nara nai. Otto ha nani mo tetsudawa nai.
Everyday I have to do household chores as well as work at the company. My husband doesn’t help with anything.

kare ha okane ga nai toiu ippou, takai kuruma o kai mashi ta.
He said that he didn’t have money but on the another hand he bought a brand new expensive car.

2. Connecting form: 一方では…他方では…
Expresses the meaning “On one hand.. on the other hand..”. Used to point out two opposite things.


ano kuni ha ippou de ha keizai ga hatten suru ga, tahou de ha shizen shigen ga dandan kie te kuru.
On one hand, that country is economically developed but on the other hand, its natural resource is slowly disappearing.

ano hito ha ippou de ha bungaku nitaishite chanto benkyou suru noni, tahou de ha suugaku nitaishite namake te shukudai o yaro u to shi mase n.
On one hand, that person studies literature properly, but on the other hand he has no intention of doing math homeworks.

3. Expresses the connecting of a opposite event comparing to the previous event. Often used at the beginning of the sentence. Can be used as 「その一方で」


A koku no jinkou ha fue te i masu. Ippou, B koku ha hette i masu.
The population of country A is increasing. On the other hand, Country B is decreasing.

nakamura san ha itsumo kappatsu shi te soto ni dekake te bakari i masu. Sono ippou de yamada san ha uchiki de ie ni i te bakari i masu.
Mr. Nakamura is always active and goes out. On the other hand, Mr. Yamada is still shy and always at home.

4. Structure: Vる+一方だ.
Expresses a continuous status, non-stop
Describes a state that continues to grow in a certain direction. Usually used for bad situations.


waga sha no keizai joukyou ha waruku naru ippou desu.
Our company’s economic situation is getting worse.

taifuu ha kibishiku naru ippou desu.
The storm is getting stronger.

Related structures :

Ref : tuhoconline

above is Japanese 一方/一方で/一方だ(いっぽう/いっぽうで/いっぽうだ) grammar ippou/ ippoude/ ippouda. if you don’t understand the signs we used in fomation, you can find their meaning here : signs used in Japanese grammar structures.

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