[JLPT grammar] 買えないかな sound like don’t buy which easily cause confuse.

Today I am going to share the Q&A quoted from my JLPT N3 course!

 

[Question]

Sensei, in the example, どこかでコーヒー、買えないかな*。
買えない it sound like don’t buy which easily cause confuse.
Is this a grammar that I should refer back ?
Thank you.

*どこかでコーヒー、買(か)えないかな。
I wonder if I can buy coffee (somewhere)…

 

 

[My Reply]

This may be confusing because of the use of [nai-form], but ないかな means hope or desire.

ないかな
=〜といいな
=〜てほしいな

買えないかな
=買えるといいな
=買いたいな(買えるところがあってほしいな)

 

はやくクリスマスにならないかな
I can’t wait for Christmas to come.

誰(だれ)かコンサートに一緒(いっしょ)に行かないかな
I wonder if anybody can go to the concert with me.

父(ちち)がプレゼントを買ってくれないかな
I wish my father would buy me a gift.

いい人いないかな〜😅(When you want a boyfriend)
I wonder if there is someone nice for me.

 

Anime and drama characters often say “〜ないかな”, so watch them a lot and get used to hearing.

 

I hope my answer helps you. 😊

 

 

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I will teach you until you get it!

 

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