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てしょうがない; てたまらない [てしょうがない; てたまらない] (teshouganai; tetamaranai)
    Meaning: Can't help but 〜; Extremely 〜; Very 〜
    Example: Due to a lack of sleep, I can't help but be exhausted.
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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*しようがない is also acceptable sometimes, but this grammar is much more widely written as しょうがない.

*てたまらない is stronger than てしょうがない, but the two are otherwise interchangeable.

*てしょうがない should express feelings, sentiments, mentality, or desire. For example:
1. 疲れる -> 疲れてしょうがない
2. 痛い -> 痛くてしようがない・痛くてたまらない
3. 残念 -> 残念でしようがない・残念でたまらない

V・いA(て forms) + しょうがない・たまらない
なA + で + しょうがない・たまらない

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ex #276   睡眠不足のせいで眠くてしょうがない。 
because of a lack of sleep, I am soo sleepy.  
ex #939   しょうがないとおもうよ 
I think that it cannot be helped.  
ex #5457   彼の発言は他に解釈のしようがない 
His remarks allow no other interpretation.  
ex #5458   誕生と死との間を享楽する以外には、この両者に対して回復の手の施しようがない 
With the exception of enjoying the time in between, there is nothing we can do about the fact of birth and death.  
ex #6227   最近お腹が空い てしょうがない 
Lately, I have been extremely hungry.  
ex #6228   勉強が楽しくてしょうがないという人もいるんですか。信じられませんね。 
Are there people who really enjoy studying? Unbelievable.  
ex #6611   今日は何もすることがなくて、ひまでしょうがない。  
I have nothing to do today. I'm so bored.  
ex #6612   いい成績が取れる、うれしくてしょうがない。  
I'm so happy that I was able to get a good score.  
ex #8476   ひどい天気だけどしようがない。  
We have to put up with the bad weather.  
ex #8477   今出かけてもしようがない。  
It is not worth while starting now.  

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your nameshouldn't it be "shiyo ga nai", not shou ga nai, 
MikiAccording to Daijirin, both ways are ok. 
dcしょう=しよ ? 
bamboo4The title should be "shiyou ga nai" and て should be deleted.
I have added an example. NOte that しようがない is commonly pronounced as "shoo ga nai."
bamboo4#5458 in Japanese is weird. Also, in #276, "tired" should be "sleepy."  
rubyhatchetしょうがない on its own is a sort of idiom meaning "Can't be helped," but because this is a grammar entry, it should be emphasized that しょうがない is correctly used in a sentence when it follows て or で. So, てしょうがない is a proper grammar entry title. In that case, example #939 is simply a conversational use of the idiom and doesn't belong in this entry. 

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