Today’s Grammar Point:  ~そうにない/そうもない/そうにもない

~そうにない is used when you describe something that is unlikely to happen. It is a rather objective statement. ~そうもない is similar but I think it has a slightly more subjective feel than ~そうにない, so it is more like “I don’t think … will ~.” ~そうにもない gives the impression that the possibility of something happening is almost nil.


  • [verb stem] + そうにない/そうもない/そうにもない
    A verb stem is a ます-form verb without the ending ます


Rain is unlikely.
I don’t think it will rain.
I don’t think it will rain at all.
The difference are NOT that big.

しばらく日本にほんにはそうにないから、写真しゃしん我慢がまんしよう。(Today’s caption)
It’s not likely we can go to Japan for a while, so let’s make do with looking at photos.

バスはそうにないからタクシーで こう。
The bus is unlikely to come, so let’s take a taxi.

It’s unlikely that I can go to school because I hurt my foot.

バスにはそうもないから、タクシーで った。
I didn’t think I could get on the bus, so I went by taxi.

大雨おおあめでグランドがぬかるんでいるから、 明日あした体育祭たいいくさいはできそうもない
The ground is muddy due to heavy rain, so it seems unlikely that tomorrow’s athletic festival will be held.

This book has too many kanji characters for me to read.

JLPT N1の試験しけんむずかしいから、合格ごうかくそうにもない
The JLPT N1 exam is difficult and I think it’s almost impossible for me to pass.

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