Today’s Question

えきからとおわりに( )。
a. へやがくらい b. へやがせまい
c. やちんがたかい d. やちんがやすい

Today’s Grammar Point: ~わりに

わりに are used in 2 different meanings.

  1. わりに is used to mention an alternative. For this meaning you can translated it as “instead of ~” or “in place of ~”
  2. わりに can also be used to mention 2 opposing facts/ideas as if one good side is making up for the other bad side or vise versa. In this case, ~わりに can be used with adjectives as well.


[noun] の わりに (meaning 1 only)
[plain form verb] わりに (meaning 1 and 2)
[いadjective] + わりに (meaning 2 only)
[なadjective] + な + わりに (meaning 2 only)

Examples of the meaning 1

I studied mathematics instead of English.

Won’t you go to Australia for me?

I used almond milk in lieu of cow’s milk.

I bought a motorbike instead of a car.

May I use a pencil instead of a pen?

We went on a bus instead of driving.

Study instead of watching TV.

Instead of buying a birthday present, I took him to Disneyland.

Instead of bringing lunch, let’s buy something in the canteen.

Examples of the meaning 2

えきからとおわりに家賃やちんやすい。(Today’s Question Sentence)
It is far from the station but the rent is cheap.

Multiple-choice questions are difficult to set, at the expense of being easy to mark.

I can buy it easily but it breaks easily too.

Because I went home early yesterday, I did overtime today for it.

Answer to Today’s Question: d

えきからとおい far from the station is something negative, so you need to choose something positive to make up for it. d. 家賃やちんやすい is the only positive description. For the meaning, see above.

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