I feel like this is a basic question, one whose meaning I don't think I fully understand. I'm watching a サンドウィッチマン コント on YouTube where 伊達さん is asked

"How many women have you been out with before?"

To which he pauses to think for a few seconds before replying with


My question is what is the nuance of ですかね over です here? Am I right to take it that by using ですかね, there is just a touch of uncertainty in his response? I.e he isn't 100% that it was just 3 people?

The original conversation:

富澤: 今まで何人ぐらいの女性とお付き合いされたことありますか。

伊達: 今までですか。

富澤: はい。

伊達: んー3人ぐらいですかね。

YouTube video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHh-_QmGESk&t=164s

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    And how does it compare to ~かな? Apr 22 '19 at 8:23

You have pretty much answered your own question here.

「~~ですかね」 is a half-declarative and half-interrogative expression for making a statement that the speaker does not feel would need to be clear-cut.

It actually is used to mean what its components would literally suggest -- the interrogative 「か」 and the casual declarative 「ね」.

"Uh.. About three, I guess?"

  • Mathiue Bouville's comment also makes a good point: What would the nuance be if it was かな over ですかね?
    – Nubcake
    Apr 22 '19 at 9:15
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    @Nubcake 「んー3人ぐらいかな。」←casual, 「んー3人ぐらいですかね。」←polite って感じですかね...
    – Chocolate
    Apr 22 '19 at 15:46
  • @Chocolate♦ -san, What would be the intonation be like with this use of かね? will it be a rising one or falling one?
    – APK
    Sep 30 '20 at 20:25
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    @APK It has a falling tone at the end. It's like [ですかね]{HLLH}⤵.
    – Chocolate
    Oct 1 '20 at 4:54
  • ありがとう @chocolate san
    – APK
    Oct 1 '20 at 7:15

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