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N2 Lesson 1: 16/21


There is no chance of, There is no way of, Impossible


Verb[ます+ っこない


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About っこない

っこない is a combination of the suffix っこ, and the い-Adjective ない. When attached to the conjunctive form of verbs, it creates new い-Adjectives that express the impossibility of (A). (A) being whichever verb is used.
Common translations of っこない include 'there is no chance of (A)', or 'doing (A) is impossible'.
  • 今年(ことし)(じゅう)に30万円(まんえん)()めたいの?お(まえ)給料(きゅうりょう)じゃできっこないよ。
    You want to save up three hundred thousand yen this year? There's no chance you can with your salary.
  • どんなに(きた)えてもあの(ひと)だけには()っこないよ。
    No matter how much I train, there's no chance that I can beat him.
  • あんなデカい(いえ)、どんなに貯金(ちょきん)しても()っこないよ。
    I will not be able to buy a house that big, no matter how much I save.
Caution - Although extremely rare, as っこ stems from the kanji (), this grammar point may occasionally be seen in its kanji form.
  • 明日(あした)までに5ページのレポートとか、絶対(ぜったい)()()ないよ。
    There is no way that I can write a 5 page essay by tomorrow.
  • こんな漢字(かんじ)だらけの新聞(しんぶん)なんて()()ない
    There is no way I can read this newspaper that is filled with kanji.


  • 練習(れんしゅう)たくさんしなくては、楽器(がっき)演奏(えんそう)なんかできっこない

    If you do not practice a lot, there is no way you will be able to do a musical performance.

  • 日本語(にほんご)()かないと日本語(にほんご)()(かた)()かりっこない

    If you do not write in Japanese, there is no way you will understand how to write in it.

  • (おこ)った(かあ)さん:「ひきこもりのように、一日(いちにち)(じゅう)(いえ)ゲームしてばかりでは、(なに)()()っこない。」

    Angry mother: 'There is no way you are going to accomplish anything if you are just sitting at home, playing games like a hikikomori.'


  • A:「試験(しけん)明日(あした)だよ!」

    A: 'The exam is tomorrow!'
    B: 'Tomorrow? There is no chance of me reading all of the material by tomorrow.'

  • どんな勉強(べんきょう)したって「は」と「が」の(ちが)なんて()かりっこない

    No matter how much I study, there is no way for me to understand the difference between 'は' and 'が'.

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っこない – Grammar Discussion

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  • Fuga


    Hey @Hadros232232 !

    We apologize for the late reply!

    っこない does not have the sarcastic tone to it like how ものか has and っこない cannot be used for rhetorical questions. We hope that helps!

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