Tips for Japanese Learners #1

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Mar 19, 2018 11:07 ForJapaneseLearners
I’m always thankful for great corrections and advice from many people, so I’d like to introduce informative tips to Japanese learners in return.



This time, I’ll introduce an expression of “兼ねる(かねる).”


Firstly, this has meanings like a capability and difficulty.
The point you can’t forget is that they contain negative meanings.

e.g.
「その件についてはこちらでは解り兼ねます」
(We couldn’t comprehend the issue.)

「その贈り物はお受け取り致しかねます」
(I’m terribly sorry, but it’s difficult for me to accept the gift.)


Secondly, you can add negative like “兼ねない(かねない).”
This is double negative and means a possibility.

e.g.
「あいつは目を離してると、変なことをしかねないよ」
(If we don’t keep a close eye on that guy, he’s likely to do something stupid.)

「さっさと逃げないと、誰かに見られかねないぞ」
(Hurry up, or somebody can witness us.)


Lastly, this also means “double.”

e.g.
「語学は趣味と実益を兼ねたものだ」
(Learning a language is both fun and beneficial.)

「このPCはテレビの機能も兼ね備えている」
(This PC also functions as TV.)


It sounds cool and knowledgeable if you use these expressions properly.
Try them out if you have a chance to use.