Zehi (是非 – By All Means)

  • Zehi


    Japanese people often use the term zehi (是非) when they strongly recommend something to others.

    Since ze (是) means “good/right” and hi (非) means “bad/wrong,” the literal meaning of zehi is “good and bad,, or right and wrong.”

    In fact, when using zehi as a noun, it becomes the literal meaning.

    On the other hand, when using zehi as an adverb, it expresses a wish that you definitely want someone to do something.

    This meaning came from the nuances of zehi such as “regardless of whether it is right or wrong.”

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