N1 Lesson 10: 2/12
に堪えない にたえない

に堪えない

Cannot bear to
Cannot stand to
Too much to
Cannot go on doing
Cannot tolerate

⚠ Can be written as に堪えない、に耐えない

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Verb + に堪えない
Adverb + に堪えない
にたえない is a phrase literally meaning "cannot bear to". It is used when one cannot look at/ listen to/read something because it is dreadful or in some way unpleasant (often brutal).

Affirmative form (にたえる) is used when something is worth doing. にたえない is also used (usually in the polite form, as に絶えません) with words expressing feelings to show their extreme degree 感謝にたえません (my deepest gratitude).

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くりやまさんの歌声(うたごえ)は酷(ひど)すぎて聞(き)くに堪(た)えなかった
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Kuriyama-san's singing voice was so terrible that I couldn't bear to listen.

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