[Common Mistakes] You can’t say おしゃれっぽい

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N3 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?

 

[Student’s sentence]

私はおしゃれっぽい服が好きです。

*わたしはおしゃれっぽいふくがすきです。

 



 

[My correction]

私はおしゃれっぽい服が好きです。
→私はおしゃれな服が好きです。
I like fashionable/stylish clothes.

〜っぽい is limited in the words it can be used for, and it cannot be used for anything.

〜っぽい indicates inference from the five senses.
Whether something is おしゃれ(fashionable) or not is not something to be inferred but judged by its appearance, so 〜っぽい is not used with おしゃれ.

×このシャツはおしゃれっぽい。
◎このシャツはおしゃれだ
This shirt is fashionable.

You can say;
◎このシャツは黒(くろ black)っぽい
This shirt is blackish.

In this sentence, the speaker cannot clearly determine by looking whether this color is black, dark blue, or gray, but guesses that the closest color would be black.

I hope my explanation helps you. 😊

 

In the JLPT course, all lessons come with homework, if you submit your homework, I will reply with corrections.
I can break down the Japanese grammar and point out mistakes, explaining the structure and nuances of Japanese in an easy-to-understand way.
You can also ask me any questions as much as you want. I will teach you until you get it!

 

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