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?
    – user4032
    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:24
  • True.Appreciate the help
    – IUnknown
    Dec 2, 2016 at 15:39

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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」
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    I might add that 「~~きる」 sounds more result-oriented while 「~~ぬく」 sounds more process-oriented.
    – user4032
    Dec 4, 2016 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 Apr 8, 2017 at 18:08

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