4

What is the difference between the きる and ぬく forms, which are attached against verb 連用形?
As I understand,they both indicate 'extreme effort' or 'trying to the last'

  • You mean to ask about きる (not きり) and ぬく when attached to the 連用形 of a verb, no? – l'électeur Dec 2 '16 at 6:24
  • True.Appreciate the help – IUnknown Dec 2 '16 at 15:39
2

This article was convincing, at least for me.

Verb(連用形)きる is used when you are "Completing it till 100%".

  • Example sentence: 「長編小説を読みきる」

Verb(連用形)ぬく is used when you are "Endure something and achieve it".

  • Example sentence: 「悩みぬいて決断した」
  • 2
    I might add that 「~~きる」 sounds more result-oriented while 「~~ぬく」 sounds more process-oriented. – l'électeur Dec 4 '16 at 15:05
  • I like what @lélecteur said. When きる is used for 悩む、I'd expect the next word to be 結果。e.g. 悩みきった結果 – Kenji Noguchi Apr 8 '17 at 18:08

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.