In an article, I was reading:



I'm a little bit confused about the meaning of なくなりません in the first sentence first paragraph, as well as the meaning of 子どもに話しかけたりしていることがあります in the second paragraph.

Does なくなりません imply that these crimes have not stopped every year? Also does 子どもに話しかけたりしていることがあります simply mean that the suspicious people were making conversation / talking to children?

My translation:

Crimes that children have fallen victim to have not stopped every year while children have been going to and from school. According to the police department, there were 644 incidents two years ago. This year in Niigata-shi, a seven year old girl was killed.

According to the police department, Before these incidents, there were suspicious individuals hanging around and talking to kids.


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Yes, なくなりません means that crimes have not stopped, i.e. continued to happen. It is the polite negation of なくなる.

As for your second question, it's part of a grammar pattern of ~たり~たりする. It basically lists various actions/states. You can see it in action in this NHK article as 歩いている子どもの近くに怪しい人がずっといたり、子どもに話しかけたりしている. Note that in this case している is the て-form of する + いる.

For this sentence, the first action/state is いたり, which is the verb to be. So this means that there were suspicious people near the kids for long periods of time. The second action/state is 話しかけたり. The base verb 話しかける means to talk to/begin a conversation. So this means those suspicious people were talking to the kids.

  • Ah yes forgot about the たりstructure. Is the article thus implying that first the suspicious people hang around the kids, and then start conversing with them ( almost kind of listing their strategy to luring in kids?)
    – bobbin
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 21:29
  • @bobbin There's no ordering of the action/states when using たり. But presumably, the people need to be in the area to talk to the kids.
    – Ringil
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 21:43
  • 3
    there were always ~~ ← But the original does not say that.
    – user4032
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 1:48
  • @l'électeur is my interpretation thus correct, or did I miss out on anything?
    – bobbin
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 2:36
  • Your interpretation was correct.
    – user4032
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 8:38

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