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『いかなきゃ』 unable to find dictionary meaning!

Jace *\(^o^)/*
Asked 7 years ago

「ぼくも もう いかなきゃ」 is the complete quote, which translates to :"I, also, must soon get going!" I'm unable the dictionary reference to the word/phrase. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Sure.  This is actually a combination of works.

http://www.nihongomaster.com/dictionary/entry/50196/%E5%83%95-%E3%81%BC%E3%81%8F-boku

http://www.nihongomaster.com/dictionary/entry/96919/%E3%82%82-mo

http://www.nihongomaster.com/dictionary/entry/1148/%E3%82%82%E3%81%86-mou

http://www.nihongomaster.com/dictionary/entry/55671/%E8%A1%8C%E3%81%8F-%E5%BE%80%E3%81%8F-%E9%80%9D%E3%81%8F-%E3%81%84%E3%81%8F-iku-%E3%82%86%E3%81%8F-yuku

Taylor
Answered 7 years ago

I'm still not sure I understand. いかなきゃ is not listed as a form of いく in the dictionary. Is it not an actual form of いく、 but a derivative thereof which only those who spend alot of time in the Japanese culture would understand? If so, how would one go about covering ground that the dictionary does not??

Jace *\(^o^)/*
Commented 7 years ago

It is certainly a conjugation but a colloquial one. You can find more information about this specifically at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_verb_conjugation "The なければ nakereba form used for the negative form can be colloquially contracted to なきゃ nakya or なくちゃ nakucha (this has roots in なくては). Thus 行かなければ ikanakereba can become 行かなきゃ ikanakya."

Taylor
Commented 7 years ago

great resource, and thank you for taking the time to give such a thorough explanation :) This language is becoming more challenging and fascinating with each piece added to the puzzle!

Jace *\(^o^)/*
Commented 7 years ago