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Re: [Lingo] explanation for いなくて寂しい

On 12 September 2015 at 14:30, steve <> wrote:
> Can someone explain this expression to me.  Since いなくて is the
> negative te form of いる and 寂しい means lonely, it seems like
> いなくて+寂しい should mean "to be not + lonely."  Is this just one of
> those quirks of the language or am I missing something?

"Being without" -> "lonely".


僕は友達がいなくて寂しい. I feel lonely because I don't have any friends around me.
あなたがいなくて寂しかった。 It just wasn't the same without you.
お帰りなさい、あなたがいなくて寂しかったです。 : Welcome back - we missed you.


Jim Breen
Adjunct Snr Research Fellow, Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University

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