Meaning

Primary

Circumstances

Alternatives

Reason, Situation

Word Type

noun

Explanation

The feeling of the actions going on around you are the circumstances. For example: you feel like things are going pretty poorly right now, which is why the circumstances are looking pretty dire for you.

Reading

じじょう
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Patterns of Use

Common Word Combinations

  • 事情がちがう

    the circumstances are different

    事情が分かる

    to understand the circumstances

    事情がある

    there are certain circumstances

Context Sentences

大人には大人の事情があるんですよ。

Adults have adult circumstances.

警察はすべての事情を考慮しなければならない。

The police must take all circumstances into account.

事情は分かりました。こちらで何とかならないか上に話してみます。

I understand the situation. I will talk to my superiors to see if we can do something about it.

Kanji Composition