Questions tagged [particle-しか]

助詞「しか」. An adverbial particle which marks an element X when nothing but X makes the expressed proposition true. Always accompanied by negation, and sometimes appears in the colloquial forms しきゃ or っきゃ.

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Is it possible to join 以下 + しか?

I try to use the limit marker 以下 (less than, up to) with the particle しか to convey that the amount of less than 1万 for a bonus is fewer than expected. Can I use both words together? My sentence is: ...
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How would you use しか and ありませんでした together?

How would you use しか and ありませんでした together?
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Meaning of ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした 。 [duplicate]

So I saw this one in one my books and was wondering how it gets translated into John slept five hours yesterday. ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした. Any kind of explanation is appreciated, my book maybe covers ...
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Is using「ありませんが」correct here?

背景とかってどうやって描いてるのかすごく気になってたので絶対買います!ソフトはクリスタしかありませんが。 I'd like to understand this better. The context is an artist announced that he is releasing a book about painting digital backgrounds and the ...
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Is this a wrong translation of the negative?

I found this sentence from Death Note with it's translation: "これなら私はあなたを殺せないし、あなたからしか警察はノートを奪えない。" "Now I can’t kill you and the police can only recover the Death Note from you." Why is 奪えない ...
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Can I use だけ and しか with amounts?

When I was learning how to use だけ and しか, I was told that だけ and しか both means "only". But the latter requires the verb to be in the negative form. For example: あの人だけが好きだ。 I only like that ...
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How do you translate “しか” correctly?

This is the sentence I'm trying to translate... I can't figure out which part is being negated 好きになるというのは自分の一番皮膚の薄い柔らかい場所を差し出すことでしか成立しない I translated it as: whoever the person you come to love ...
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Is 君しかこれを知らなくなかった the same as 君だけこれを知らなかった?

A: 君だけこれを知らなかった。 A': You are the only person who did not know this. As しか must be followed by a negative predicate then I have to write as B: 君しかこれを知らなくなかった。 Confirmation question Is ...
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When using しか, which part do we have to negate?

I want to say "Mathematics is the only thing I trust." using しか. But I am not sure which part I have to negate. Which one is the correct one? A or B? A: 数学しか信頼できるものじゃない。 B: 数学しか信頼でないものだ。
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しか before a clause

誰もが平等に死んで、自分では誰一人救えなかった。 人間なんてそんなものだと諦めるしか、目の前の恐怖を抑えられなかった。 My TL: Everyone died equally, I could not save anyone. I could do nothing other than giving up thinking "Human beings are like that." I ...
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ちょっとしか---V negative potential

「はい、遠野先輩の力になれたらいいなって思って。あ、けどちょっとしか詳しい話は聞けなかったんですけどね」 I tought I could help Tohno-Senpai. But I was able to find out just a little of the full story. Is it correct? ちょっと=A little しか---聞けなかった=can ...
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What does としか mean in this sentence?

Really struggling with the meaning of this sentence from ちびまる子ちゃん: まさにうららかとしか言いようのない日だね My rough translation effort Surely, beautiful is the only way to describe this day But I'm struggling to ...
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Meaning and grammar of やるっきゃない

I few minutes ago on NHK news 「注目」 I've heard/saw the phrase 「やるっきゃない」. I have no idea what it means.. And what grammar rules are here?
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How is “しかい” used in this sentence?

I'm a bit confused about how "しかい" is used in this sentence I came across while studying: そこには私一人しかいなかった。 "I was the only one there." My guess is that it is an ending to "一人", but I couldn't find ...