Monday, July 15, 2019

~kya ~きゃ

WIP: this article is incomplete and might change in the unforeseeable future.
In Japanese, ~kya ~きゃ is a contraction of ~kereba ~ければ, the conditional ba-form of i-adjectives. Or some sort of fangirling shriek: kyaa! きゃー!

Some examples of how it's used:
  • takakya kaenai
    きゃ買えない
    [I] can't buy [it] if [it's] expensive.
    • takakereba kaenai
      ければ買えない
      (same meaning.)
  • yowakya dame
    きゃダメ
    [It's] no good if [it's] weak.
    • yowakereba dame
      ければダメ
      (same meaning.)
  • kawaikya ii-n-da可愛きゃいいんだ
    If [it's] cute [it's] good.
    [It's] good so long [it's] cute.
    • kawaikereba ii-n-da
      可愛ければいんだ
      (same meaning.)

Its meaning is similar to ~kucha ~くちゃ, which comes from ~kute wa ~くては, the te-form plus the wa は particle.

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