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While reading a text in Japanese, I came up with the phrase "何も言わなくなったから" I don't understand what the ~くない stands for. As far as know is used as the negative for of an adjective... but 言う is a verb! Is like 言わない (the negative form of 言う) was used as an i-adjective.. any thoughts? Thanks!

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by " I came up with the phrase " do you mean " I came across the phrase "? please give more context for the quote, ie, the surrounding dialogue. thanks. –  yadokari Nov 23 '12 at 2:48

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Theoretical adding of ない:

  • 言う (plain)

  • 言わない (negative)

  • 言わなく・ない (negative+negative)

  • 言わなく・なった (negative+negative+past)

Therefore 言わなくなった does not come from another ない.

  • 言わない→言わなく→言わなく・なる→言わなく・なった

The adverb 言わなく modifies the verb なる in past tense.

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my goodness!! it was in front of me all the time.. Thank you so much!!! –  Macarena Nov 23 '12 at 3:41
    
so does "何も言わなくなったから" mean " because (subject) didn't say anything" --({subject} came to the state where {subject} did not say anything) ? –  yadokari Nov 23 '12 at 3:59
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Stopped talking. Fell silent. Said nothing further. Something like that... Don't lose the nuance of なる, which is that previously he was in some other state than 何も言わない and then なる'd to that state. –  Hyperworm Nov 23 '12 at 4:14
    
kudos on that なる'd coinage (¬‿¬) –  yadokari Nov 23 '12 at 4:35
    
@Macarena: Could you share the context? I am curious to know how this was used. It sounds like "after a while he stopped objecting everytime [something happend] and said nothing so [something carried on regardless]". –  Tim Nov 23 '12 at 23:42

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