I am currently practicing Japanese by reading a novel but I have reached a sentence that I could not understand. ごうと音がして Can you please translate the vocabulary and verb used along with any unique sentence structure/grammar it may have. Thank you.

If it helps, the full context is 「問答、無用」 ごうと音がして、魔女の手の中で火炎が燃え盛る。 I understand that the beginning reads "These questions are useless" and the last part reads "Fire blazed from inside the witch's hand," but I have no clue about the middle part.

  • [問答無用]{もんどうむよう} is idiomatic. "No ifs, ands or buts"
    – user1016
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 15:36

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ごうと音 is a sound, a short version of ごうごうと meaning "thundering". The full sentence then would be something like

There was a thundering sound and fire blazed from the hands of the witch.

The と indicates that ごう is used as adverb.


"ごう" is an onomatopoeic word and you know that the fire blazes furiously. Japanese can hear sound of "ごう" from furiously burning fire.

"ごうと音がして" could be translated into "with a roar".

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    "ごう" is an onomatopoeic word>>I agree. I think it's the same structure as "ポン!と音がして、鍋の中でポップコーンがはじけ飛ぶ。"
    – user1016
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 13:03
  • If I translate "ごうと音がして" into "with a burner-like sound", does it make sense? Actually I would like to turn "with a roar" into another expression. How about "with a burner-like sound"?
    – kerochan
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 13:18
  • @kerochan Hmm... I'm not sure about "with a burner-like sound". The burners on my stove don't make any sound, so I'm not sure what I'm supposed to imagine when I read that phrase.
    – user1478
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 0:45
  • @snailboat Thank you very much. There are differences in what each of us imagines in seeing the word of "burner" or "バーナー". I didn't take that into consideration. I will try to find other phrases for "ごうと音がして".
    – kerochan
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 4:30
  • I think the ごう is a similar sound to ぼう/ぼっ ejje.weblio.jp/content/burst+into+flames (ぼっと燃える=burst into flames)... the sound of something bursting into flames, or the sound of flames burning, like the sound that a match makes when it's ignited and starts to burn.
    – user1016
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 14:55

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