[JLPT grammar] Using から sounds too strong, you are saying you are not at fault.

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

先生、聞こえないからマイクを使ってくれませんか。(it is not incorrect, but…)
Sensei, I can’t hear you, could you use a microphone, please?


聞こえないから… is not incorrect, but we usually say 聞こえないので… in this situation.

“ので” is an expression that emphasizes understanding when providing an explanation.
On the other hand, using “から” sounds too strong, as if you are implying it’s not your fault at all but Sensei’s.

? バスが遅(おく)れたから、ちこくしました。
(Sounds like “It’s not my fault I’m late; it’s the bus’s.”)

(It objectively informs the listener about the reason. Sounds polite.)


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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