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OT: Japanese help

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Friday, July 4, 2003, 3:07
This is completely off-topic, but I've noticed that there are
several Japanese speakers on the list, and I could use a little
help with a translation problem.  I don't wish to clutter the
list so please reply directly to me if you wish to help.  Any
guidance at all would be greatly appreciated.

I'm trying to translate the sentence [fragment] "[It] Cannot possibly
lose". I have "Toutei makeru kirenai shimasu", but that's just a guess.
The dictionary has "kirenai" for "cannot; be unable to", but there's
no part of speech given.  The -ai reminds me of "ai" and therefore
makes me think it's one of those nouns that turns into a verb by adding
"suru".  Wild guess.

Toutei is listed as "(cannot)  possibly", so I'm pretty confident about that
choice.  Also about "makeru" for "lose, be defeated".  But I'm not sure what
form it should take in conjunction with "kirenai".  For all I know I should
use "makeimasu kirenai" (or vice-versa) and leave off the "suru".

Anyway, thanks in advance for any help.



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