I want to translate the following sentence to Japanese.

In order not to make her angry but make her delighted, I must choose a proper gift for her birthday.

My attempt is as follows,


Is it natural? Is there any other better way to say "in order not to make her angry but to make her delighted" ?


You can use a causative verbal auxiliary せる like 彼女を怒らせるのではなく、喜ばせるために. 怒られない is passive form.

I feel 妥当な is a bit unnatural in this sentence and それ相応の may be more appropriate. And への in 誕生日へのプレゼント is extra.

  • 例文は「not A but B」であり、「not only A but B」ではないと思うのですが、どうでしょうか?
    – marasai
    Dec 14 '16 at 19:23
  • not only A but also B として訳すと、「彼女を怒らせるだけではなく、喜ばすためにも」となり意味が変になり、そのように訳したつもりはないんですが、「not A but B」として「怒らせるのではなく、喜ばせるために」と訳した方がいいかもしれません。編集しときます。 Dec 15 '16 at 4:59

または means "or", so your sentence sort mean that you want her to not get angry OR get happy.

You might wanna use より(よりむしろ) instead. To mean "instead".

Also, I think that 怒られる would mean that someone gets angry at her. 怒る would mean that she gets angry.


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