次第だ・次第で しだいだ・しだいで - Grammar Discussion

depending on
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Structure

  • Noun + 次第だ
  • Noun + 次第で

[Often used with words expressing decision making like: 決める、決まる、決する、決定、予定、(不)可能]

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Hello !

I was wondering if I can use this to say it depends on the person it depends on the weather… ? 人次第だ。天気次第だ。
Or should I always use による/によって ?

Thanks!

I just encountered the following example:

育児がどれくらい大変になるかは、夫や家族がどれくらい協力してくれるか次第だ。
How difficult child raising becomes depends on how much cooperation your husband and family give you.

Given that 次第 is a noun suffix, I’m trying to understand how this sentence is grammatical. Does か act as a nominalizer here?

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Hey @wrt7MameLZE33wlmpCAV :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

か in here marks an embedded question and in some aspects, you can think of it as a noun phrase. Notice that particle 「は」also follows 「か」in
育児がどれくらい大変になるかは part.

This phenomenon is fairly common, for example in English you can also use quotations like nouns in some cases like:
His “you are doing it wrong” is always pissing me off.

Cheers

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OK, I see. Yeah, it does make sense now that you put it that way. I think I was interpretting the Noun + 次第だ structure too strictly. So 次第 can also be used with noun phrases. That’s good to know. Thanks! :smiley:

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