Meaning of ずにはすまない

Japanese Language Asked on November 26, 2020

I would like to know which is the meaning of the structure ~ずにはすまない.

According to several pages that I’ve found on Google, it means "must, have to" as well as ~なければならない. However, in other websites ~ずにはすまない seems to mean "not having another option than" (like ~ざるを得ない). If ~ずにはすまない means the same as ~なければならない or ~ざるを得ない, I would like to know the difference between these structures.

If besides that, you could please give me an example of ~ずにはすまない I would be really thankful.

One Answer

As far as I understand, ~ず is a more formal alternative to ~ないで and すむ is "to live", so it will be something along the lines of "Can't live without ~ing", which would match both "have to" and "not having another option than". and my guess about すむ was completely off. See @Nanigashi 's comment below.

Answered by Yaroslav Fyodorov on November 26, 2020

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