It is a "simple" sentence, but I can't find any information how I should parse and interpret this part.


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Do you already know how to make a comparison using ほう and より in Japanese? If not, please learn it first.

The sentence in question is an extension of this. While there is no explicit comparison target marked with ~より, this ほう still means "comparatively" or "relatively".

Despite my appearance, (if one has to categorize me either as a cautious or as a careless person,) I'm comparatively a cautious person, you know.
I'm a more cautious person than I may look, you know.

これでも (literally "even with this") is a set phrase, "although you may think otherwise" or "although I may not look like it".

Similar examples:

  • このケーキは甘いほうだ。 This cake is relatively sweet.
  • 私はよく寝るほうです。 I'm relatively a good sleeper.
  • あまりテレビは見ないほうです。 I'm not a kind of person who watches TV often.


  • I'm I right that in this case なんで is contracted form of なので for and mean "because; as; since"?
    – sklott
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 8:51
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    @sklott Yes it's なので, but here it's just a mild explanation marker, "..., you know".
    – naruto
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 8:55

方(ほう) is used to make comparisons.

用心深いほう means "the more cautious one".

Examples from プログレッシブ和英中辞典:

4 〔比べられる物の一方〕a side; a part

Give me the smaller one.

The fault was mine.

There was no dissatisfaction on his part.

All of us sided with him.

I am better off than I used to be.

and from デジタル大辞泉:

3 二つ以上あるもののうちの一つをとりあげてさす語。

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    どこからどこまでが引用ですか? 例文と英訳((以下同文
    – chocolate
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 16:11
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    用心深いほう means "the more cautious one". <-- Nope! It's not #4 but #3 on プログレッシブ和英 「3 〔部類〕 彼は勉強家の方だ He is rather studious./He's on the studious side.」 and not #3 but #4 on デジタル大辞泉 「4 どちらかといえばこちらだという部類。「性質は臆病な方だ」」
    – chocolate
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 16:13

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