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question on the phrase "wakaranain jya nai"

yellowjello

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while reading a manga i came across the phrase "wakaranain jya nai" and i'm not sure what it means. i know that "wakaru" means to know, to understand while jya nai is the colloquial form of de wa nai and means "not."
so is this phrase a double negative and actually means that the person does understand? or is it something else?
 

Mike Cash

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ん is a contraction of the explanatory の, about which there are recent threads.
 

charusu

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分らない is the plain form negative conjugation of 分る.

Read up on the use of のだ/んだ (のです/んです)as Mike suggests (Noun-related Particles | Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese).

I would translate it as "It's not that don't know/understand".

:)

分らない should be 分からない, JRef won't let me correct my typo. Although it seems that 分らない may be correct too...
 
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yellowjello

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ah i did not realize that it was the のです form. thanks for the clarification and the helpful link as well.
 
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