Ok, I've come across a few expressions involving the word わけ (訳)such as わけではない, to indicate that something differs from a notion the listener may have; わけがない, to indicate that there is no sense in something, and just ending the sentence with わけだ to indicate a conclusion. I was wondering how many more of these わけ expressions there are, and what they are.

  • I've edited to switch references to わけ rather than 訳. Writing this and things like はず in kana much more common in contemporary Japanese. Though, I think your question might end up being too broad / reference only if you want people just to list uses of わけ
    – virmaior
    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:02
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    Oh, ok, thanks. I just like the way the kanji looks :P. Apr 26, 2014 at 2:03
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    We all do, but it drives the native speakers crazy at times. hehehe...If you're interested in learning more about when to use them and when to leave them off, that's addressed a bit here: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/15141/…
    – Kaji
    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:17

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In addition to what you've got listed there's also:

  • わけが分からない, indicating that you don't know why something is happening
  • もうしわけない/もうしわけありません, which is a formal way of apologizing (literally translated, it means "there is no excuse [for what happened]")

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