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I am trying to translate the sentence in the title. Clearly,

君に会うと、会いたくなくなる。

seems to be wrong. Wouldn't this mean "When I see you, I would never want to see you again" or something like that?

How to say this simple sentence? My brain is shortcircuiting for some reason...

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Just to understand what you are trying to convey, why is it not "I will stop..."? –  dainichi Oct 24 '13 at 5:53
    
@dainichi I offer this and this to explain that particular use of would. It's used to express tentativeness. I guess it works as a kind of a hedge. –  Flaw Oct 24 '13 at 11:22
    
Does your sentence more literally mean "I won't stop missing you until I see you again"? –  snailboat Oct 24 '13 at 14:26
    
No, it was in English, in response to 'When would you stop missing me'? I said 'only when I finally get to see you again'. I have this habit of translating convos into Japanese in my head, but kind of locked up there. –  user54609 Oct 24 '13 at 18:10
    
@Flaw, so this is Malaysian/Singaporean English? The reason I ask is that AFAIK, in standard English, "would" is used for counterfactual conditionals (and it would have to be "met"), and that changes the nuance of the question quite a bit. –  dainichi Oct 25 '13 at 1:39
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"君に会うと、会いたくなくなる。" means "If I meet you, I will start wishing not to meet you."

In parts 君に会うと. The と is one of your four many options for if type expressions. But this particular one has a 前後 (before/after) connection some of the others lack. This means the event following in this case happens temporally after. So it could also be translated "After I meet with you, I start to wish I didn't meet you" or something roughly like that (the tense in the ~と clause is immaterial in Japanese).

The second half involves the following sequence:

会う to meet

会いたい to want to meet

あいたくない to not want to meet

あいたくなく adverbialization of the constructon

なる in this case to become

ergo, I begin to not want to meet you.

Thus, together, whenever I meet with you, I start wishing I didn't meet you.

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Exactly this. と is being used to mark a condition that brings about an event or state. It's important to note that when と is used in this way, the triggered event/state must be nonvolitional / uncontrollable. –  rintaun Oct 24 '13 at 7:29
    
What would be the correct expression though? I was trying to translate the English to Japanese, and clearly made an epic fail. –  user54609 Oct 24 '13 at 13:25
    
From researching alc.co.jp, 恋しい and 寂しい were consistently used to convey the feeling of 'missing' someone. 恋しい in particular. As for the proper conditional, -eba, -nara, or -tara would be applicable. –  user4060 Oct 24 '13 at 13:49
    
In terms of how I would say what you want to say... [person's name]と会うまでに、この寂しさは終わらない。 but that would be until I meet you again, this loneliness will not end. –  virmaior Nov 5 '13 at 2:29
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I would say it like this:

君に会えたら、 If I were to meet you
必ず、 for sure
同時に、 in that same moment
この「君に会いたい」気持ちが消えちゃう。 this I-miss-you feeling would disappear.
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