I came across the following sentence while watching the video JLPT N3 LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 12/2023 WITH ANSWERS #5, at the timestamp 10:50:


I heard the expression けっこういらっしゃる. I also typed it without kanji because I'm not sure of the spelling, and none of the words that are pronounced as けっこう sound right to me. After scratching my head, I finally gave up and used a translator, and this is what came out:

I am concerned that some people do not leave after eating for a long time

I can understand what's before and whats's after けっこういらっしゃる, but I don't understand how that translates to "not leaving / staying".

Can someone please help me out? I thought いらっしゃる was like 行く.

  • "I thought いらっしゃる was like 行く." - have you heard/seen set phrases and idioms like いらっしゃいませ ? Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 11:04
  • Yes, I have. That's why sometimes I have a hard time when they are used as regular verbs
    – いしす
    Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 13:02

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いらっしゃる here is a polite form of いる meaning "to exist" (see いらっしゃる#3). As regards けっこう, it means "many/plenty in number" (see 結構#3).



can be translated as

there exist many people who do not leave after eating.

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