Decoded Slug: ~ていられない (〜te irarenai)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~ていられない (〜te irarenai)

~ていられない (〜te irarenai)

Short explanation:

Expresses that one cannot afford to do something; 'can't keep on', 'unable to continue'.


Verb-て form + いられない


Konna ni isogashii noni, muri ni asonde irarenai.
I'm so busy that I can't afford to play around.
Samusugite, soto de matte irarenai.
It's too cold, I can't keep waiting outside.
Kono mondai wa juuyou dakara, houtte oite irarenai.
This issue is important, so we can't afford to ignore it.
Kanojo no taido ga gaman dekizu, damatte irarenai.
I can't stand her attitude, so I can't keep silent.

Long explanation:

The ~ていられない grammar point is used to express a feeling of not being able to continue doing something or not being able to keep on with a certain state. It can be translated as 'can't keep on', 'unable to continue' or 'can't afford to' in English. The formation is the same for all verb types.

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