よりしかたがない - Grammar Discussion

there is no choice but
can’t be helped
inevitable

Structure

  • Verb + より + (ほか(に)) + 仕方(が)ない


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Structure

Verb + より + (ほか(に)) + 仕方(が)ない

[Aより仕方がない is used when A is the only possible course of action・よりほかに + しかたがない is very formal, and a bit old fashioned, used mostly in writing]

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I’m having a really hard time separating より仕方がない and よりほかない, I can’t figure out a consistent pattern to tell these apart/which one to use and when. Somebody help!?

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I know these parts of the forum don’t see much light but I thought I’d ask anyway. The sentence prompt asked for formal -old fashioned . But no where in the grammar description does it say old fashion, and in the grammar info it says it’s standard register :upside_down_face: