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Stefan
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small question

Post by Stefan » Thu 10.14.2010 8:50 pm

is there any real difference between the grammatical phrases:

とうてい。。。。ない・無理です
とても。。。。。ない

Example sentence 'I cant possibly do this work in 3 days.'

とうていこの仕事三日では出来ません。
とてもこの仕事三日では出来ません。

Both are negative expressions and express that speakers belief is impossible or at the very least difficult. any differences between them?

much appreciated in advance.

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風と月の夜
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Re: small question

Post by 風と月の夜 » Thu 10.14.2010 9:19 pm

とうてい~ない and とても~ない , both mean "impossible". these is not different between both).

とても=very 

とても + ない=  impossible

とても~ない=とうてい~ない

(I feel とうてい~ない means emphasizes "impossible"a little bit more than とても~ない.)

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Re: small question

Post by Stefan » Fri 10.15.2010 2:22 am

忝い。

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