寂しかない

Discussion in 'Learning Japanese' started by Lomaster, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Lomaster

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    There is a song 「案山子」 by Sada Masashi. When i first heard it i thought i must have had misheard 寂しくないか for 寂しかないか but when i checked the lyrics - it was 寂しかないindeed. Is this some sort of olden conjugation or something?
     
  2. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    Just a guess from the context of the lyrics, but it is probably a rural regionalism.
     
  3. Lomaster

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    Makes sense. Probably that's what it is.
     
  4. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 禁漁期
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    ~かない is a colloquial contraction of ~くはない, i.e., negative of i-adjectives or double negatives.
    e.g.
    寂しくはない --> 寂しかない
    寒くはない --> 寒かない
    できなくはない --> できなかない
    わからなくはない --> わからなかない
     
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  5. Lomaster

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    Handy. I love contractions.
     
  6. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    There should be a shorter way to say "contractions"....
     
  7. Julie.chan

    Julie.chan 後輩

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    "Cont's"?

    Wait... don't use that. :emoji_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     

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