Tuesday, July 16, 2019

~ku wa nai ~くはない

In Japanese, ~ku wa nai ~くはない is the adverbial form of an i-adjective, plus the wa は particle, plus the negative hojo-keiyoushi 補助形容詞 nai ない. Or it might be kuwanai 食わない, "won't eat."

Basically, ~ku wa nai is used to affirm something "is not" a given adjective.
  • warui?

    Is [it] bad?
  • waruku wa nai kedo..
    くはないけど・・・
    Bad, [it] is not but...

See ~ku wa ~くは for details about the grammar.

人間界に戻りたくはないのですか?
Manga: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 魔入りました!入間くん (Chapter 12, 入間の“夢”)
  • Context: a human boy ends up in the demon world.
  • ningen-kai ni modoritaku wa nai no desu ka?
    人間界に戻りたくはないのですか?
    Don't [you] want to return to the demon world?
    • modoritai
      戻りたい
      Want to return.
    • modoritakunai
      戻りたくない
      Not want to return.

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