Can you check my understanding of this sentence... It's a tough one for me

Another day; another sentence I’m pretty sure that I don’t get. It is the second sentence (The first is to give some context). Does this translation seem okay?


However, it seems practically no time has past since his blonde hair was trimmed short, even his body doesn’t look like it has struggled through a battlefield, so he is probably worked up from a lack of experience.

EDIT: even his body doesn’t look like it has seen the sight of battle. (I just learnt this English phrase.)

I can’t find many example sentence for 気負う. Is に the usual particle for the person that is worked up?

I couldn’t find much on 成り立て.
Apart from this - 「なりたての」の類義語や言い換え・同義語-Weblio類語辞典

Thank you for any help.

Heres my take, and ill make it short since I am actually procrastinating doing my japanese studying.

So 成り立て is actually 成る with the 立て suffix. Now the 立て suffix is basically a suffix after the masu stem of a verb that means that that verb has just occurred more or less. So he just became so and so.

Now for the に:

nounになる means “to become noun”. so 騎士になる means to become a knight. If you watch MHA, you have heard ヒーローになる a lot (to become a hero). You can do the same with na-adjectives and it changes a bit for i-adjectives, but I wont get into that now.

Now for 気負う:
The japanese definition ill role with for this is 意気込む: To be enthusiastic about.

So I would roughly translate it as “Since it looks like his blond hair was just recently cut and his body hasn’t gone through battle, it seems like hes just just full of vigor/enthusiastic (about being a knight, presumably) because he just became a knight.”


Ah, I didn’t know about the 立て suffix!! I was looking for a full word :frowning:
Thanks there!

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Anytime, glad to help!

Check this definition a well:

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Im not sure if you read what you linked but thats the imperative form of 成り立つ. That doesn’t actually work in this sentence.

Usually gets put in N3-level grammar study!

In daily situations, keep an eye out for phrases like 焼きたてのパン (fresh-baked bread). An oddity of the suffix is that while it has roots in 立つ and uses its kanji (though it’s just as often written in hiragana), it’s a nominal ending and gets linked with の when it’s an adjective. (And being nominal is the same reason it’s linked with で in your example passage.)

Thanks there! I had a look through this one earlier today :slight_smile:たてtate-from-facebook-mini-lessons/

Not sure you actually read the link either since the imperative form is actually the second definition listed on the page. Why don’t you take a look at the first one?

Ahh, didn’t see that one. Yeah thats just the word with the たて suffix I mentioned in my post.

Ah, Yeah. I search for it on here! I typed 成りたて by mistake… where 成り立て was further down. Thank you!

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