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There might not be a clear answer to this question. In order to avoid the problem, you could always repeat the verb used in the question. For example: 車、持ってないんですか? In the case that I do have a car: ありますよ In the case I don't: ありませんね


Somewhat confusingly, double nagatives in Japanese can mean a range of different things. Sometimes it is used to signify that something exists at all, however little it is, as in the case of 疲れていなくもない or お金がなくもない. Other times it is used to emphasize that everyone did something or everything matches something, as in 声を上げない者はなかった. The former meaning has a ...

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