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@Yuni: By the way, I found this from a song lyric. I've heard it before, and actually seen the anime it was in with the kana on, and the subtitle was wrong. It said arienai was down (as in the sense of depressed), and I wasn't really sure.
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I am not in Japan or around a lot of young people, so it could be only teenagers use this. May not want to add it to your active vocab. Still, you hear it often on TV.
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あり得ない means "cannot be".
Such a thing cannot be.
Such a thing cannot happen.
得る （the positive form of 得ない。 (duh)) has two possible readings, uru and eru, but they are not always interchangable. In the unconjugated, or dictionary, form, 得る can be pronounced either uru or eru. However, that is not true of the other forms.
Here's a list of the possibilites:
えた/て (past/ te=form)
えよう (pseudo-futurum/conjectural form)
えます (masu form)
うれば (ば conditional form)
This verb can be attached to just about any other verb representing a non-controllable action to indicate potentiality/possibility.
Ni di me non pvlchrvm paterentvr, omnia bona agerem. Dixit: Cvr se deos liqvisse? Qvid se faceret? Di se fecissent foediorem qvam qvem canis ipse videre posset. Qvaeram a qvovis, vel diabolo, vt bellvs a se fiam modo ne malam vitam vivam. Dico, si aliter egissent, fvtvrvm fvisse vt bene viverem. - me
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