JLPT N2 Grammar (kaneru)

Meaning

unable to do something; can’t do something

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)かねる
かねます

Learn Japanese grammar: (kaneru / kanemasu). Meaning: unable to do something; can’t do something.

This is a polite way to say something cannot be done, though it can be confusing since it uses “affirmative form”.

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Example #1

すぐにおへんじはできかねます。
sugu ni ohenji wa deki kanemasu.
I can not give you an immediate answer.
Example #2

わたしはそれにさんどうしかねます。
watashi wa sore ni sandou shi kanemasu.
I am not able to agree with that.
Example #3

ざんねんながら、そのごていあんはおうけいたしかねます。
zannen nagara, sono go teian wa ouke itashi kanemasu.
Unfortunately I cannot accept that proposal.
Example #4

わたしはたんとうしゃではございませんので、そのしつもんにはおこたえしかねます。
watashi wa tantousha dewa gozaimasen node, sono shitsumon niwa okotae shi kanemasu.
I am not in charge of this, so I cannot answer your questions.
Example #5

ひこうきでいくか、しんかんせんでいくか、まだきめかねている。
hikouki de iku ka shinkansen de iku ka, mada kime kanete iru.
I still cannot decide weather to go by plane or shinkansen.
Example #6

かのじょのかんがえにはさんせいしかねるところがおおいです。
kanojo no kangae niwa sansei shi kaneru tokoro ga ooi desu.
There are many points with her thinking that I cannot agree with.
Example #7

ごようぼうにはおうじかねますので、ごりょうしょうください。
go youbou ni wa ouji kanemasu node, goryoushou kudasai.
We’re unable to fulfill your request. Thank you for your understanding.
Example #8

かさいなどによるそんしつはほしょういたしかねます。
kasai nado ni yoru sonshitsu wa hoshou itashi kanemasu.
We are not responsible for any loss due to fire.
Example #9

ぼくには、あなたのいったことが、ちょっとわかりかねますが…
boku ni wa, anata no itta koto ga, chotto wakari kanemasu ga...
I cannot quite understand what you said..

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