Definition of ほかない

ほかないhokanai Inflection

expression / adjective:

  • can do nothing but (do); cannot help (doing) something

Example Sentences

彼女kanojoha彼のkarenoプロポーズPUROPOOZUwo断るkotowaruほかなかったhokanakatta
She had no choice but to turn down his proposal.
彼らkareraha計画keikaku全体zentaiwoあきらめるakirameruよりyoriほかないhokanaito意見が一致しているikengaitchishiteiru
They agree that they have no choice but to give up the whole plan.
kareha彼らのkarerano決定ketteini従う従uほかなかったhokanakatta
He had to submit himself to their decision.
彼のkareno成功seikouha奇跡kisekiというtoiuほかなかったhokanakatta
His success was nothing short of a miracle.
絶食zesshokuするsuruほかなかったhokanakatta
There was nothing for it but to go without food.

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