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How do you say, "no chance" in Japanese?

John Thomas John Thomas (0) on 10/09/13

How would you say these sentences naturally in Japanese?

  1. There's no chance for us to win this game.
  2. He never really had a chance to get into that college, but he studied very hard.

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訳 is also good in this kind of situation, but with a different meaning from "no chance".

勝つ訳ないじゃん! is like, "Oh right, AS IF they could ever win!"

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A casual way to say this is to use 可能性ゼロ

  1. 今日の試合を勝つ可能性ゼロだ。
  2. その大学に入る可能性ゼロだった。

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So if you want to say "no chance" = impossible, you can say this by using 無理(ムリ).

  1. この試合を勝つのは無理だ。→ このしあいを かつのは むりだ。
  2. その大学に入学するのは元々無理だった。→ そのだいがくに にゅうがくするのは もともと むりだった。

元々 is a way to say, "from the beginning."

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