I know that 食べられない can be a passive or a potential verb, but in this case I think it is used like a potential verb, so I don't know why that is there.

About 入った可能性, I think it is a relative clause so 入った{はいった} is modifying 可能性{かのうせい} but, I don't get what it means.


I saw this here.

Thanks for your help.

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    I think the verb to do with に is 入る, not 食べられる. – Aeon Akechi Jan 19 '16 at 17:43
  • Agreed. It makes things flow a lot better when you put it like that. – Miss Lavelle Jan 19 '16 at 18:08

You got the wrong idea about what modifies what :)

Look at this part closely:


If you isolate this part, it becomes clear that it means "inedible things that may have gotten in"(or lit. "a possibility that inedible things got in"). 可能性がある means 可能性(possibility)+がある(exists), so it literally means "a possibility exists". Now let's add some more to this sentence:


It is a lot more clear now that this means "due to the possibility of inedible things that got in, I decided to throw away".

Now that we got that section clear, we're only left with the first part of the sentence. When we add it we can see the appropriate context and how everything is modified:


  • I read that phrase many times and I didn't see it in that way XD. Thanks you all for helping me. – Alexbg Jan 19 '16 at 19:02

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