でもある - Grammar Discussion

be also
it also is

Structure

  • Noun + でもある
  • な-Adj. + でもある

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Just as confirmation, as I already think this is the case, this grammar is formal/written Japanese mostly, right? Not sure if I’ve heard it used much in converstions!

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@jameselias
Hey and welcome on the community forums :partying_face:

Yes, you are right. である (and of course でもある) are part of Japanese form literary style. You can see those in encyclopedia records (like wikipedia articles), thesis and so on.

I hope it helps,
Cheers!

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Thank you! I’m finding that a lot of N3/N2 are formal versions of grammar that I use more naturally on an everyday basis. That certainly makes them easier to remember!

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If that’s the case, shouldn’t the 硬 symbol be on this grammar point?

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Part of literary style, not exclusively! That’s why it doesn’t have the 硬.

I’ve heard Japanese people say でもある in conversation. A teacher once told me: ‘日本人でもある私にも意味が変わらない’ When reading Murakami. It made me laugh.

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