Here is part of a document that I am reading:


"everyone who is able to be attending" or
"everyone who is attending" as an honorific ?

  • It would probably be very hard to answer if I don't have the prior or latter texts since I am sorry I do not understand this Japanese alone.
    – user7644
    Jun 17, 2016 at 22:27
  • @KentaroTomono ok. I have re-written the question with much more surrounding context. Jun 17, 2016 at 22:38
  • Thank you.That's become perfect. Unfortunately, I got to go right now with apology.
    – user7644
    Jun 17, 2016 at 23:33

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That would undoubtedly be an honorific form, and not potential.

The sentence looks to be part of a speech by a guest at the commencement. If the 「[迎]{むか}えられる」 part were meant to be a potential form, it simply would not be polite enough for the occasion and therefore, highly unnatural for the context.

Notice the 「ご」 in 「ご一緒」, for instance. These public speeches are generally formed in a very polite and formal style even when the speaker is a few times older than the graduating students.

  • Yeeeeeeeeeeess.+1 Coundn't have enough time until I answer.lol.
    – user7644
    Jun 18, 2016 at 4:36

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