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Difference between ~なきゃ and ~なくちゃ

What does いなきゃ mean?

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okay i did it. w –  konan Jan 6 '12 at 23:10
???************* –  user1016 Jan 7 '12 at 0:01
You said I must edit my question。ですよね?! –  konan Jan 7 '12 at 21:11
@konan-san, I didn't say that... must have been someone else... –  user1016 Jan 8 '12 at 5:55

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  1. いなきゃ=いなければ=いないのであれば('If...not...')

    ex. 君がいなきゃ、会議が始められないよ。
    We can't begin the meeting without you (=if you're not here).

  2. いなきゃ=いなければ=いなければならない('have to be...')

    ex. 君がいなきゃ。
    We can't do without you (=You have to be here).

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ありがとうございますよ!!!! –  konan Jan 7 '12 at 21:07
lol, どういたしまして!!! (「よ」は要らないね!) –  user1016 Jan 8 '12 at 5:58

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