I'm writing some instructions on a worksheet, and I want to translate the English instructions into Japanese. I'm trying to say something along the lines of

Please match the genre in English to the explanation in Japanese.

I do not need to be very specific because I will be explaining this out loud and the written instructions are just a little guidance if they didn't quite understand.

Here's an example of what the paper would look like.

____1. Rock
____2. Jazz
____3. Classical

A. (ジャンル説明)
B. (ジャンル説明)
c. (ジャンル説明)

I am having difficulty finding the correct verb to use for "match."

Google translate suggests 合{あ}わせる


Or 一致{いっち}する


After searching jisho.org, I also agree that these two verbs are the closest in meaning. But there were no example sentences for either word that really matched up with what I'm trying to say. So I'm still unsure if the usage makes proper sense.

I make worksheets like this all the time, so I was hoping for a good verb to use for various situations, not just this one specifically. But perhaps the English word "match" has far more uses than any Japanese equivalent.

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    「ジャンル」って言葉を使わないとだめですか? 学校のテストでは、「1~3(の語)の説明として最も適切なものを、下のA~C(の中)から(それぞれ)選びなさい。」とか、「1~3(の語)の説明として最も適切なものを選択肢(の中)から選び、それぞれ記号で答えなさい。」とかいう感じで書くことが多いですが。
    – chocolate
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 12:18
  • 「ジャンル」を使う必要はありません。Chocolateさんの答えも使えるでしょう。ありがとうございます!
    – KumaAra
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 8:08
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    The examples I gave above might sound a bit too much like formal exams... so for instructions in a worksheet for 小学生 (and maybe for 中学生 too) I think you could instead say like 「1~3(の語)の説明(としてよいもの)を、A~Cか‌​ら選びましょう。」「1~3(の語)‌​の説明を、選択肢から選びましょう。」... (すみません、プロフ見たらALTって書いていらっしゃったので。。)
    – chocolate
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 8:51

1 Answer 1


I think the most natural wording is:

Choose the Japanese explanation that corresponds to each English genre.
(対応する = to correspond)

If you mean drawing lines between words on paper, the set phrase for that is 線で結ぶ (literally "connect with lines").


Another option that would work in both cases is 対応づける, which is a transitive verb:


But this sounds stiff, vague and less common to me.

英語のジャンル対応する is interchangeable with 英語のジャンル対応する.

一致させる and 合わせる do not work whatsoever, because they mean "to deform/move/modify something so that it will align with something else", which is not what you need for now. Also note that 一致する is intransitive, so 日本語の解説に一致してください would mean something weird like "Please become one with the Japanese explanation", if it means anything.

  • I have updated my question to show an example of what kind of matching will be on the paper.
    – KumaAra
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 3:27
  • @KumaAra Okay, then I need to revise my answer :) Moment, please.
    – naruto
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 3:30
  • You might also try 一番相応しい答え1つ or 最もよいものを1つ
    – BJCUAI
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 4:07

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