JPLT N3. Used in both conversation and writing.
【Verb: Stem】ようがない
【Verb: Stem】ようもない

よう is volitional ending for group 2 verbs. By treating this as a noun and appending the negative, the structure is saying: “It’s not even worth attempting to do” because the situation makes it hopeless.

Note that although the ending looks like the volitional it is not. This means you need to be careful for group 1 verbs.

The robber was surrounded by police and had no chance of escape.
It can’t be helped.

The above is a very common phrase.

A truth that cannot be questioned.
This investment is a sure thing. There’s no way you can lose money.
He’s climbing a mountain so we have no way to contact him.
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