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Since there is apparently no literal translation for "never", how would you translate this idiom ?

What periphrasis would you use to express the same meaning ?

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Or you could take the katakana route and use ネヴァー・セイ・ネヴァー. –  Andrew Grimm May 20 '12 at 3:29
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How about something like 「絶対なんて絶対にない」? It has the same self-contradictory nature as the English original, and seems to have some use as well. The meaning is slightly different, however. You could also go with something like 「ありえないなんてありえない」 or something...

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If I may, you should use quotes in your google requests to actually match a strict pattern, 15,900 matches is still high and makes your point anyways. Well done! –  Aki Aug 27 '11 at 19:56
    
quotes added :) –  bdonlan Aug 27 '11 at 19:59
    
@Aki - This is completely off-topic, but what do you mean here by "periphrasis"? –  rdb Aug 27 '11 at 21:01
    
@rdb Seems to me like the ordinary meaning is fine. –  Karl Knechtel Aug 27 '11 at 21:15
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Do you mean to say the OP wanted a phrase free of inflected words? –  rdb Aug 27 '11 at 21:25
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