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かのようだ
kanoyouda
JLPT N2
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Meaning
like, as if (metaphor)
he looked as if he knew nothing about it
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Formation
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Phrases
かれはまるでちちおやにあったことがないかのようだ。
It seems like he has never met his father before.
Edit  #3793 dc
かれはすべてをしっているのになにもしらないかのようなかおをしている。
He knew everything, but he made a face as if he didn't know anything about it.
Edit  #227 dc
まるでいきているかのようだ。
seems like it is alive.
Edit  #304 dc
あなたはなぜかれのことをまるでろうじんであるかのようにはなすのか。
Why do you talk about him as if he were an old man.
Edit  #4072 dc
あのひとはまるでわたしをしっているかのようにおじぎをしているわ。
That man bows to me as if he knew me. [F]
Edit  #4073 dc
そのこどもはまるでおとなであるかのようなはなしかたをする。
The child talks as if he were an adult.
Edit  #4074 dc
そのおとこのこは、じぶんがまるでいだいながくしゃであるかのようなはなしかたをする。
The boy talks as if he were a great scholar.
Edit  #4075 dc
かのじょはまるでてつやをしたかのようなかおをしていました。
Her face looks as if she spent the whole night awake.
Edit  #6976 赤毛
このしゅうかいはかきのようにかいさいされます。
This gathering will be held as follows.
Edit  #7409 7079Deguchi
わがやのやねうらへやはむしぶろのようだ。
Our attic is like [(as) warm as] an oven.
Edit  #8210 karekano
あかいドレスのかのじょがほほえむとうつくしいはながひらいたかのようだった。
When she smiled in her red dress, it was like if a beautiful flower was opening.
Edit  #6747 赤毛
まださんがつのはじめなのにとてもあつい。まるでなつになったかのようだ。
Even if we are only at the beginning of March, the weather is very hot. It's as if summer has already come.
Edit  #6748 赤毛
かのじょはやりてのようだ。
She looks (like) an able woman.
Edit  #8211 karekano
Discussion and comments
often goes along with marude まるで "as if"
dc
What is the difference between かのようだ and のようだ or just ようだ?
anon
ようだ is a very literal "like" something:
> This meat tastes like chicken.

かのうよう is usually more metaphorical
> she is like a princess

please also see [marude] which is often used in the same sentence.

can a japanese native speaker please confirm this?
dc
My book on JLPT grammar describes ーかのようだ as "ようだ" より強い
MM
The kanji for "meet" in ex #3793 is wrong, should be に会ったことがない
Alex
alex - pls fix?
dc
Alex, you should be able to edit these yourself. Just click on the edit link on the right-hand side of the example. I fixed the one you mentioned. However, I was wondering and maybe someone can comment, couldn't 「彼はまるで父親に合ったことがないかのようだ。」mean that they have never gotten a long? 合うcan mean something like "mesh well" can't it?
emilyjuno
According to my Kanzen Master book, the difference between かのようだ and just ようだ is that in the case of かのようだ, it's not actually true but it just seems like it.

So for example, if you see the boss' packed schedule this month, you can't say:

社長は来月忙しいかのようだ。 x Wrong
社長は来月忙しいようだ。 o Right

Here's the excerpt from the book:

(意味) 実際にはそうではないが、〜のようだ。
ahbonk