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JLPT N3 Grammar: らしい (rashii)

らしい (rashii)

Meaning: seem like; look like; I heard that; it appears that; it seems like

How to use the:
Verb-casual + らしい
Noun + らしい
いadj + らしい
なadj + らしい

Used to express what the speaker sees, heard, feels

Example sentences:
1, 天気予報によると明日は雨らしい。
Tenkeyohō ni yoru to ashita wa amerashii.
According to the weather forecast, it will rain tomorrow.

2, 日本で物価が高いらしい
Nihon de bukka ga takairashii
In Japan it is said that prices are very high

3, 彼はどうやら今の会社を辞めた、自分で会社を作るらしい。
Kare wa dōyara ima no kaisha o yameta, jibun de kaisha o tsukururashii
It is said that he will quit his current job, and set up his own company

4, 妹が部屋にいないらしい。
imouto ga heya ni inai rashii.
It looks like my little sister’s not in her room.

Used to express solid reasoning from information heard on the topic, rather than conveying information

Ano hito wa nan’nano? An-san no tomodachirashiida.

“らしい” also used after a number of nouns expressing human behavior and personality Nらしい=子供らしい、女らしい、大人らしいなど

5-Saidara, hanashikata wa kodomorashikunai
Only 5 years old but the way to talk is not a kid