English version:

As he is very lazy, he doesn't even wash his hands before eating.

Japanese version (but incomplete):


How do we add "even" in Japanese to my translation above?

  • I wonder how 「〜手を洗いもしない。」 would work. By the way, I don't think commas are used quite that frequently. I'm not a native speaker, but I might say 「彼はすごく怠惰で、食事の前に手を洗うこともしない」 or 「彼はすごく怠惰で、食事の前にも手を洗わない。」
    – seafood258
    Feb 16, 2016 at 7:06
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    I would probably use さえ or すら in this case, i.e. 手すら洗っていない.
    – Kurausukun
    Feb 16, 2016 at 7:17
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    The word 「怠惰」 is way too big for this simple context. It really does not belong in there.
    – user4032
    Feb 16, 2016 at 7:25

2 Answers 2


You can say your English version in various ways in Japanese, e.g.





“非常に怠惰” sounds somewhat bookish to me. It’s a big word as @l’electeur pointed out, and I wouldn’t use ‘怠惰’ in daily conversation.

  • Couldn't you use からして to express this too?
    – Pleiades
    Feb 16, 2016 at 13:19
  • “からして” means an old expression of ’’because” and “as,” like “彼は怠惰であるからして食前に手も洗わない,” which mean “Because he is lazy, he doesn’t even wash his hands before eating.” It may match the stiff and bookish expression, “怠惰.” Feb 16, 2016 at 21:46

I would use 「も」 as in:


  • 「めんどくさがり[屋]{や}」は「めんどくさがり」でもいいと思います。「[面倒]{めんどう}くさがり」「面倒くさがり屋」と書いてもいいと思います。
    – chocolate
    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:41
  • めんどくさがり屋というよりも、汚がり屋ですね。
    – oldergod
    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:56
  • ^ 「[汚]{きたな}がり屋」って・・・?「汚がる人」「汚がって嫌がる人」なら「きれい好き」のことじゃない?
    – chocolate
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:00
  • 面倒くさがり屋 is a quite common word, but I don't hear the word, 汚がり屋, albeit you can suffix 屋 to anything you'd like to. Feb 16, 2016 at 12:17

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