A friend of mine wrote:


But aparently it should be written as:


I think this is not a typo because he wrote two different sentences, both with instead of . Is this wrong or just a local difference.

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Nothing is either wrong or dialectal about 「[誘]{さそ}えていないんだ。」. It sounds 100% natural and it would be said all over the country.

It is your 「誘ていないんか。」 that is incorrect. There is no such conjugation as 「誘いて」 in standard Japanese. The correct form is 「誘って」 for the plain and 「誘えて」 for the potential.

「[誘]{さそ}えていないんだ。」 means:

"(You) have not been able to invite (someone)."

  • Yes.... I have a friend in Yamanashi, and I am living in Tokyo and I can not find any "difference" between us. If we have dialects, I think they would begin from around western part of Shizuoka prefecture to the further west.
    – user7644
    Commented Feb 7, 2015 at 13:14
  • I doubted because google give me a wrong translation, I don't trust that much in google translator but I wanted to be sure. Thanks!
    – Jaume
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 22:08

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