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なadjectives ending in い

Whenever I teach なadjectives, I always tell them to be careful with きれい (pretty) and ゆうめい (famous) because even though they end in “い”, they are なadjectives. The other day, one of my students said if there are only 2 exceptions, it’s not too hard to remember, so I had to confess that there are more, but…

 

I had a look and the following are the ones I could find. There may be more, but I hope this list helps.

嫌い

きらい

kirai

unfond of

奇麗

きれい

kirei

pretty

有名

ゆうめい

yuumei

famous

得意

とくい

tokui

(one’s) forte

不快

ふかい

hukai

unpleasant

意外

いがい

igai

surprising

愉快

ゆかい

yukai

amusing

冷静

れいせい

reisei

calm/composed

厄介

やっかい

yakkai

troublesome

難解

なんかい

nankai

difficult

明快

めいかい

meikai

clear; articulate

奇怪

きかい

kikai

strange; mysterious; weird

詳細

しょうさい

shousai

detailed


One thing I can say of this list is, that if you are to learn all the kanji writing, きらい is the only word whose ending い is written in Hiragana. All other words use kanji only. That may help you to distinguish these from いadjectives.



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