I've encountered sentences like this several times:


The literal translation would be: "Certainly, the direct cause of the battle in the village might be......that Gear that made an emergency landing". But it doesn't make sense. It's either "certainly" or "might be". How should I translate this?

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    It would help a lot if you could provide some context. At least a few sentences before/after would be great. – Cong Hui Aug 16 '17 at 13:51
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    How does that not make sense? Don't you say "There is certainly a possibility that ~~." in your language? Is that certain or just possible? – l'électeur Aug 16 '17 at 14:45

「確かに」 can be used (often in colloquial speech) to mean "It is true that..., (but...)" (≂「確かに~だけれど...」) "You're right, ..." "You may be right, ..." "Indeed, ..." (≂「あぁ、確かに、...」「なるほど、...」) or "Now that you mention it..." (≂「確かに、言われてみれば(その通り)、...」)


"You're right, / Now that you mention it, / It is true that the direct cause of the battle in the village might be......that Gear made an emergency landing."

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Though it doesn't make sense in English, but it is used in Japanese. I think it is used when a speaker has a confidence in the guess.

For example, 確かに彼はそう言ったかもしれない.

And I found some examples in a dictionary, which are 確かにいるかも知れないな(Certainly there might), 確かに、顔は隠せるかもしれない(It might indeed be possible to cover my face.).

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