JLPT N1 Grammar Point: ともすれば・ややもすれば・どうかすると

ともすれば

  • shows a state which is “easy to become”
  • something negative/going in a bad direction
  • comes before the word it describes
  • this part of sentence often ends in なる

自分は大丈夫などと思っている人に限って、ともすれば詐欺にあってしまうものですから、用心する必要があります。
Even for people who think they are OK, it’s easy to be defrauded, so you must be careful.

医者:一人暮らしはともすれば食生活がおろそかになり、栄養が偏ってしまうことがありますので、気をつけなければなりません。
Doctor: When you live alone, it’s easy to neglect your eating habits and become nutrition deficient, so you must be careful.

ややもすれば (=ともすれば)

社会に溢れる膨大な情報は、ややもすれば人々を迷わすことにもなります。
In a society overloaded with information it is easy to be confused.

どうかすると

  • easy to become
  • tendency for something negative to happen
  • conversaional

人間は、物事の解決方法が2つあると、どうかするとよく考えずに安易な解決法を選んでしまうんです。
When there are 2 ways of resolving things, people have a tendency to unconsciously choose the simpler one.

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