でもなんでもない (demo nan demo nai) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N1]

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Updated on 7 January 2023

でもなんでもない (demo nan demo nai) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N1]

The expression でもなんでもない (demo nan demo nai), or written in kanji でも(なん)でもない, is used to give a lot of emphasis that something is not it is in a certain way.

This expression is used in situations where the speaker intends to express the fact that something is absolutely not a certain way.

In this post we go to see what this expression is made of, how it is formed, and some real examples of its use.


What the expression でもなんでもない consists of

The expression でもなんでもない is made up of the following grammatical parts:

  • でも: the first でも (demo) indicates contrast towards what is previously indicated (translated with even if)
  • (なん): means what and is often used in questions (what ...). In a negative sentence (as in this case) the use of (なん) ** emphasizes the negation**
  • でも: the second でも emphasizes even more the sense of contrast in the expression
  • ない: do not exist, used to close the expression with a negative meaning (is not)

When these parts are put together in the expression でもなんでもない we can see how they add a lot of emphasis on the idea of ​​negative contrast towards what is stated: thus translated as absolutely is not ....

Other expressions such as (べつ)に and (ぜん)(ぜん) can be added to emphasize the meaning even more

A simple example to understand the meaning of でもなんでもない is the following:

()きじゃない。

I don't like it.

()きでもなんでもない。

I don't like it at all!

In this example, the use of でもなんでもない emphasizes the negative meaning expressed by じゃない.

How to use the expression でもなんでもない

This expression can follow a noun or a na adjective (な):

Noun+でもなんでもない
Adjective[な]+でもなんでもない

Examples of using でもなんでもない

(うそ)でもなんでもない。

I assure you I'm not lying.

In this first example we see how the use of でもなんでもない can also be found in sentences that do not necessarily want to negate what was said previously.

In the example, the expression でもなんでもない is used with the noun (うそ) lie to indicate that it is absolutely not a lie, thus trying to convince someone of the veracity of what we say.

Another translation thus becomes is absolutely the truth, by reversing the double negation of (うそ) and でもなんでもない.

あいつはもう(おや)でもなんでもない。

That guy is no longer my father at all!

その(しょ)(るい)というのは(たい)(せつ)なものでも(なん)でもない。

These documents are really nothing important.

(かね)()のものでも(なん)でもありません。

It has absolutely no value.

(いま)(じゅう)()()(げつ)でも(なに)でもないそんなことも()からないのか。

That wasn't at all a 十二鬼月, you don't even know this.

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