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Subject: Re: adjectives
From: AimonnoKo (Frank-Andre.Riesst-online.de)
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2003 08:38:50 GMT
References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
> You don't say 行かなく. You also don't say 有らない. You can say 有りえない, however. As for 無い, this word has many functions each of which is pretty complicated that a person like me, who hates grammar, has no way to get involved without precipitously falling flat on my face.
i think it actually is possible to use IKANAKU, though it's probably quite rare, since it's more likely to be a written expression, yet in writing you'd usually express this idea by the slightly stylistic IKAZU NI.
this leads to another point: i think ARANAI was never used, since NAI, which is a true adjective and was originally unrelated to ARU, has become some sort of surrogate for ARU's negative form. you could, however, form a negative by using the classical suffix -ZU (attached to the mizenkei / stem ending in vowel 'a'), i.e. ARAZU - but then, i assume this will only be used idiomatically.
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