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とんでもありません

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
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Japanese

Etymology

From the adjective とんでもない by replacing ない with ありません.

Interjection

とんでもありません (romaji tondemoarimasen)

  1. (nonstandard) not at all

Usage notes

Commonly considered a mistake because とんでもない is handled as an adjective in modern Japanese grammar and replacing the ない with ありません to make a polite form is thus a mistake according to the grammar. Although etymologically とんでもない is not a single word but an expression (途でもない), it is used like a single word today except for the non-standard polite forms とんでもありません and とんでもございません.

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