Japanese Conversational Toolkit
That's not the case そんなことはない
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そんなことはない literally means "that matter is not."
That's not true. That's not the case. I should think not! No way! Don't be silly. Not really.
This is often used
- to deny any allegations (often for humility)
- to softly encourage someone that the negative thing they are saying isn't true
そんなことはない can be a strong rebuke or a polite way to encourage someone. It is also often used to play down a compliment. It all depends on context and the tone of your voice.
No, that’s not true. (This sounds more assertive and confident.)
That is not the case. (This sounds more formal and distant.)
会話 Conversation #1:
I really messed up this time. It's over.
That's not true. If you keep at it, it’ll be all right.
- 私: I; me [は sets it as the topic]
- 大失敗: big failure; blunder
- しました: did [past tense of する (to do)]
- もう: already; anymore
- 終わり: end; finish
- そんなこと: such a thing; that kind of thing
- ない: negative form of ある (to have, to exist)
- わ: sentence-ending particle expressing emotion or emphasis (feminine)
- 頑張ったら: conditional form of 頑張る (to work hard, to do one’s best)
- 大丈夫: okay; fine
会話 Conversation #2:
I'm not fit to raise children.
Don't be silly. I think you'll be a good mother.
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