どちらかといえば [どちらかといえば] (dochirakatoieba)
Meaning: If I had to say...
Example: on balance
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|bamboo4||You can also use どちらかというと interchangeably.|| |
|PaulO||Bamboo4, please excuse my ignorance - I'm a brit and I only found out the meaning of "druthers" in the The American Heritage Dictionary as a slang term for "would rather" from the 1800s.|
Can anyone suggest a less esoteric translation for どちらかと言えば - "If it's all the same" or "above all else" ????
|ドニー||I suppose you could say, "If I had to say (one way or the other)" or "If I were to say..."|
As in, one way or the other.
If I say which way is, she-made cake is a little...
"If I had to say one way or the other, the cake she made is a little..."
I think we use this sort of construction in English, too. We say, "If I had to say..." and then state an opinion or observation.
In the case of stating one's desire (If I had my druthers, I'd like to go to the beach) maybe we would say "If I may say..." or something of this nature.
Just my two cents.
|Syintaex||Changed the English meaning from "druthers" to something more natural, namely "if I had to say."|
PaulO, I'm an American and I've never heard this word in my entire life. It is considered to be very outdated and slightly unnatural.
Bamboo, I'm not sure where you're from, so I can't attest to whether or not you have used this word before, but please check with another English speaker when making an entry like this.
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