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Confused about the differences of Tonikaku and Toriaezu?

“Anyway, that was your fault”


Tonikaku, sore wa anata no sei deshita.

Tonikaku means anyway. Just as the meaning implies, it works as a transition, before concluding or making a summary statement.

“For now, please wait here.”


Toriaezu, koko de matte kudasai.

Toriaezu means for now, or for the time being. It is commonly used in a short-term context; when the speaker wants to express something that is to be done immediately. 

Now, for new Japanese learners, they sometimes make this small misunderstanding of using tonikaku instead of toriaezu. Let’s look at how the meaning changes if done so.

If we replace the toriaezu of the 2nd example sentence with tonikaku,

Instead of, Toriaezu, koko de matte kudasai

if we use, Tonikaku, koko de matte kudasai,

What changed? Suppose, hearing it from the restaurant staff when you want to dine.

What does these two statements express? Are they different?

While the 1st sentence expresses the form of hospitality, 2nd sentence sounds rude and unprofessional.
So, be careful of not changing the meaning by choosing the wrong transition word!

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