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Is it なしかりたらず as a usual し adjective? Or is it something weirder? I need this for a skit.

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How about「なかりけり」? – user1016 Mar 22 '13 at 0:00
Which kind are you refering to ? ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – oldergod Mar 22 '13 at 1:16
終止形 of course, in usual Classical Japanese. Not Old Japanese (上代日本語)... – user54609 Mar 22 '13 at 1:19
@EricDong Are you sure that you want past negative? What would that mean for nasi? Consider modern atui "hot". Past negative would be atukunakatta "was not hot". Using the same pattern, modern past negative for nai is nakunakatta. What are you trying to say? It may help if you provide a few lines of the skit that you are creating. Note that the suggested nakarikeri (=nakatta) is past, not past negative. Also nakariki is recollectional past, not past negative. – Dono Mar 22 '13 at 2:11
I was trying to say "this thing did not exist". – user54609 Mar 22 '13 at 14:36
up vote 3 down vote accepted


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I see that you used the "quote" markup. Is this a quote? If so, where is it from? – snailplane Mar 22 '13 at 17:54
@snailplane A coworker. – oldergod Mar 23 '13 at 14:04

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