Decoded Slug: ~っこない (〜kkonai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~っこない (〜kkonai)

~っこない (〜kkonai)

Short explanation:

Expresses the impossibility or very low probability of something happening; 'no way', 'no chance', 'impossible'.


Verb-negative stem + っこない


Kon'na ni yuki ga futteirun dakara, gakkou ni maniau kkonai.
With this much snow falling, there's no way we'll make it to school on time.
Kare wa oyogenai node, puuru no mukougawa ni oyoide i kkonai.
Since he can't swim, there's no way he can swim to the other side of the pool.
Kanojo wa totemo kowagari na node, hitori de yoru no kouen ni i kkonai.
Since she's very scared, there's no way she would go to the park at night alone.
Kono mijikai jikan de, sono hon o zenbu yomu koto wa dekkonai.
It's impossible to read the entire book in such a short amount of time.

Long explanation:

The ~っこない grammar point is used to express that something is impossible or has a very low probability of happening. It is formed by attaching the ~っこない ending to the stem of a verb's negative form. It can be translated as 'no way', 'no chance', or 'impossible' in English.

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