I've heard a few times a word "nakattan" with n at the end. I know what nakatta mean, what does N mean?

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    Was it said by a Kansai dialect speaker? Do you have the context? – Chocolate Aug 10 '16 at 6:46
  • @chocolate, I don't know. I've also heard it in a lesson for beginners. – Johshi Aug 10 '16 at 6:52
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    Was part of a larger phrase, like "nakatta n desu ka?" – snailcar Aug 10 '16 at 7:32
  • @snailplane, in one case yes, in others i don't remember. – Johshi Aug 10 '16 at 7:35

ん is usually the short of の verbally。

In your case it could become なかったの, which means to emphasize it was not there or to ask if it was there.

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    「なかったの」<- You meant to type なかったの, right? – Chocolate Aug 10 '16 at 7:02
  • Oopsie. I edited it. (Can I blame the auto-correct?) – kurakura88 Aug 10 '16 at 7:32

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