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Can't finish/complete A
This refers to an action A that has an amount/duration attached to it, such as eating, running, writing, etc. Because of this, the "can't finish/complete" refers to the amount/duration being too many/much.
いっぱいあって  きれない   
There's so many I can't eat them all!
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この   50          
This room is too small to contain 50 people.
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この              
These beams will not carry the weight of the roof.
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この             
I can't carry all this baggage.
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いくら               
I cannot thank you enough. (Lit: Even if I say many word of thanks, I cannot say it enough.)
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       きれなかった   どう しよう  
I couldn't answer all the questions on the test, what should I do!!

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$tupid
Level: 118
(12 months ago)

မ V နိုင်ဘူး

  • တစ်ခုခုကို ပြီးပြတ် အောင် မလုပ်နိုင်ဘူး / လှုပ်ရှားမှုတစ်ခုခုကို ၁၀၀% ဆုံးခန်းတိုင်အောင်မလုပ်နိုင်ရင် V ကို ます ဖြုတ် きれない ပေါင်း
  • べきれない = မစားနိုင်ဘူး
  • きる ကသူ့ပြောင်းပြန်
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aileen
Level: 1
I believe the nuance to this grammar point is that A can't be finished/completed because it is too much or too many. You might want to mention this in the meaning section. "Can't finish/complete A because A is too much/too many" or some such. Can't think of an eloquent way to put it, but...
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マイコー
Level: 276
Changed it up. Not that elegant, but better than nothing.
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moviefreak91092
Level: 1

According to my N3 grammar book, it says, "to show that there is nothing left" which might make more sense. Especially because under the same grammar it has,

を、2った。」=> "I finished reading a long novel in two days."


I understand that れない means "can't" because its in the negative but I am now confused about the った form.

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マイコー
Level: 276

The "show that there is nothing left" is a smidge misleading because it focuses too much on a certain form of the term. It can mean that there is nothing left, or it can mean that something is done to completion (or, to link it to the definition you gave, something cannot be done anymore. There is nothing left that can be done).


So, the きれない basically means for an action, that action can not be done in it's entirely. れない would be "unable to (finish) running completely, or えきれない means you cannot finish the action of counting.


Hope this helps! Will be happy to give you more information if you still have questions.

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