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Can you please tell me why there's an 'i' in inakattara?
Yoyakushite inakattara, chotto omachi ni naru kamoshiremasen
If you didn't make an appointment, you may have to wait for a little while.


  • The base expression here is yoyakusuru = to make an appointment
    Use its -teiru form; i.e. yoyakushiteiru = to have made an appointment
    Meke it negative; i.e. yoyakushiteinakatta = to have not made an appointment.
    Finally, add the conditional "ra" (if); i.e. yoyakushiteinakattara = if you have not made an appointment
  • I guess the question I'm asking is why inakattara instead of just nakattara?
    Where does the 'i' come from? From what I've learned so far, nakatta is past negative not inakatta.
  • edited November 2018
    Please note that this is a past perfect sentence, as opposed to simple past.
    "i" appears in all types of perfect sentences: present perfect affirmative, present perfect negative, past perfect affirmative, and past perfect negative, as shown below:

    V-teiru   to have V-ed
    V-teinai  to not have V-ed
    V-teita    to had V-ed
    V-teinakatta  to had not V-ed

    Notice that there is "i" in every form.

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