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This is the sentence: 彼は英語を勉強したことがなく、アルファベットさえ読めない

I would write something like: 彼は英語を勉強したことがないのでアルファベットさえ読めない

I understand that you don't necessarily need ので, but why does it terminate the negative form in く rather than leaving as it should be? For any reason he wanted to convert it into adverb?

Thank you!

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It's the continuative form (連用形) of i-adjectives (形容詞). It's the same as the て形 in this case. It is just that in formal writing the rule is to use 連用形 instead of て形.

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There's no causal link between the two sentences. It just simply says, "He hasn't studied English; he can't even read the alphabet."

There's no particular reason to assume an inability to speak English would entail a lack of knowledge about the alphabet.

  • But in that case, why the sentences ends in く? what rule is that? I would just write it as if they were two different sentences, so I would terminate it in ない. – kuonb Jan 20 '16 at 9:09

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