In this tweet, the English sentence

I’m way too young to have this much past to cringe about.

got translated to


If こんないっぱい黒歴史 is 'this much cringe' and '持ってる' is 'have' and '若すぎる' is 'too young', what grammatically does the 'には' part do in this sentence?

  • Does it help when the sentence is written like this「こんないっぱい黒歴史持ってるには若すぎる。」?
    – Jimmy Yang
    Mar 21, 2022 at 2:21
  • 1
    Is this の is converting to 'こんないっぱい黒歴史持ってる' to a noun? Does that mean that には serves as the 'to' in the sentence? So if I want to say "I'm too [X] to [Y]" it's "[Y]のには[X]すぎます" and "I'm too X for Y" is "[Y]には[X]すぎます" @JimmyYang Mar 21, 2022 at 2:35
  • Yes, you got the general idea.
    – Jimmy Yang
    Mar 21, 2022 at 2:41
  • Would removing the 'は' change the meaning of the sentence, or is it just there for emphasis? @JimmyYang Mar 21, 2022 at 2:43
  • The Japanese sentence doesn't sound very natural to me. (の would make it worse.) What exactly is it supposed to mean? Does the person not have "this much past to cringe about" because she is too young for that, or does she have it despite being young?
    – aguijonazo
    Mar 21, 2022 at 18:39

1 Answer 1



こんな ↔ Such(or this much, that much)

いっぱい ↔ a lot of(or fully, bunch of)

黒歴史 ↔ shameful old memories (some of the past that you want to hide from others)

持ってる(=持っている) ↔ having(=have + ing)

~には ↔ to do ~ (or to be ~)

若すぎる ↔ too young

So I may interpret the sentence as the following.

He(or she) is too young to have such a lot of shameful old memories.

Remember that even though there is no 'he'(or she) which could have been the subject word in the original sentence, Japanese language is already implying it. The biggest characteristic of Japanese language is that they omit frequently with the subject(such as 私、僕、彼、あなた)word that depicts a person.

The meaning of 「には」can be totally changed depending on the context of the sentence. So my explanation can only go for the sentence you've posed on the question.

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