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My friend sent me an email saying her mobile phone is having problems. Specifically, she said this:


I get the overall meaning, which is that when she makes a call, the battery runs out of power after only 5 minutes.

However I can't parse でなくあっちゃうようになった, specifically the あっちゃう part.

What is going on here, and how is it different from 携帯{けいたい}の電池{でんち}が電話{でんわ}すると5分{ふん}でなくなる?

(Please no overly technical linguistic terms. Thanks!)

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sounds like the contracted form of ~てしまう for ~なくあって. But I'm not sure if "~なくあって" should exist. (There is ~なくて, ~なかった, but I'm not sure if there is a past+て-form. To my current knowledge it's not possible to have both past and て-form simultaneously.) – Flaw Oct 19 '11 at 3:29

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

As Flaw comments, this is a typo of 5分でなくなっちゃう, which is a contracted form of 5分でなくなってしまう 'unfortunately, runs out in five minutes'.

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