In 新完全{しんかんぜん}マスター文法{ぶんぽう}N2 page xi the formation rules for 〜ものか are


These rules seem to preclude the form 〜であるものか.

There is also this note at the bottom of the same page


Is 〜であるものか form incorrect or is it just less frequently used?

To give concrete examples: a) きれいなものか, b) きれいであるものか. I fail to feel/understand why b) would be incorrect/unnatural.

Below I give reasons why I think 〜であるものか might be correct.

  1. I found a sentence containing であるものか on a Japanese website (city.seto.aichi.jp):


  2. I found in a 国語辞書{こくごじしょ} (dictionary.goo.ne.jp) that 〜ものか follows a 連体形{連体形}:


    And I reason that given a 形容動詞, for example きれいだ, I can get a 連体形 in more than one way:

    • きれいな - by definition,
    • きれいである because it is きれいで (連用形{れんようけい}) + verb ある (連体形).
  • であるものか is no problem.
    – user4092
    Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 3:21


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