A mother is scolding her daughter. The uncle (Tomozou) speaks first:


"Mother, is looking at year-end adverts not allowed?"
Even though it was Tomozou who asked, mother didn't nod in agreement.
"It's not allowed."
(my TL attempt)

My main question is what is the meaning of ちゃ (in bold). If I were to say this I would write something like お歳暮の広告を見るのはダメ。So my first thought was that ちゃ could be a contraction of のは but that doesn't sound likely.

My secondary question (possibly related) is why does it say that the mother didn't nod in agreement? I guess this is something to do with how you answer negative questions in Japanese, but even then it seems like a strange thing to say.

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ちゃ is a contraction of ては. 見ちゃダメ? is the same as 見てはダメ?

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    I see. Like てはいけない. Didn';t realise that's how だめ worked. Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 19:01

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