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”正直友達が死んだらこんなにへこむなんておもってみなかった” 

I cant understand this sentence.

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What is the question? –  sawa Jan 4 '12 at 12:33
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@sawa: The question is: “What question should I ask?” –  Tsuyoshi Ito Jan 4 '12 at 13:36
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I thought the qeustions was: What is the usage of なんて in this sentence? Which Chocolate had no problem answering. Why is it so difficult for you two? –  dotnetN00b Feb 26 '12 at 19:32
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+1 for dotnetN00b's comment and the original question. The question is obvious. Please don't forget that we may be dealing with non-native speakers of both English and Japanese, or simply people who aren't linguistically agile enough to be able to formulate a question more complex than "I don't understand なんて in this sentence". And there's nothing wrong with that, if that is the intended question. –  Billy Sep 13 '12 at 23:43

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Lol, yeah what is the question.

正直=honestly

友達が=my friend

死んだら=if...dies

こんなに=so much

へこむ=get depressed

なんておもってみなかった=Never did I imagine (that I would...)

P.S. Grammatically it should be '思って"も"みなかった'.

P.P.S Oops, you were just asking about 'なんて'?

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Ok... so how is なんて being used in the sentence? What is its meaning? –  dotnetN00b Feb 25 '12 at 22:10
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@dotnetN00b-san, This なんて can be replaced by と/とは/などとは/だろうとは, so the OP can be rephrased like 友達が死んだらこんなにへこむ'と/とは/などとは/だろうとは'思っていなかった. I think this と etc. is working as 'that' in 'I think that~~/I didn't imagine that~~'. なんて/などとは/だろうとは sounds like they carry a nuance of surprise. (And I think the は is added only when the sentence is negative.) –  Choko Feb 26 '12 at 17:37
    
Maybe this particular question should be moved to Meta, but is my question to you really that different than the OP's original question? I don't say this to be snarky or rude, but I honestly see no difference between our questions. –  dotnetN00b Feb 26 '12 at 19:34

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