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Hard to do A (almost impossible to A)
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あなた    こと    がたい  
It is difficult to believe what you say.
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この         
This noise is hard to bear.
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             がたい           
It's very hard for me to leave the students today, at the departure ceremony (for leaving teachers).
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         がたい  
It's hard to understand your way of thinking.

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がたい
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がたい (hard to believe)

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ekirillo
Level: 1
(5 years ago)
We encountered てがたい in our textbook. The teacher said that it meant hard to throw away emotionally.
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Level: 17
(7 years ago)
Usually used only in written language or formal speech
Used only with verbs that require an agent (unlike ~にくい)
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Javona
Level: 1
(11 years ago)
I was told by a Japanese teacher that using がたい indicates that something is logically impossible. がたい is not used with all verbs. When it is added to a verb stem the result is an adjective. For example:
がたい (difficult to obtain, rare)
かしがたい (immovable)
しがたい (unforgivable)
い (unbearable)
みがたい (irresistible)
れがたい (unforgettable)
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Discussion about this grammar
Studying: JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 70
Cross-link to ‾にくい and/or ‾い? Similar meaning, probably just lower level...

One thing they do on Jgram.org is cross-link to similar grammar that's easily confused with the one you're currently looking at. I like that feature a lot.
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14 years ago (Edited 14 years ago.)
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Level: 168, : 8,111
That feature actually exists, I just never put in a way for other users to suggest relations (leaving the burden on me, which is something I don't have time to do). It'll be up in the next couple of days.
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14 years ago
Level: 1, : 216
the example in the construction of this grammar uses にくい, and although the meaning is practically the same, I think it is confusing for uses since がたい is not present.
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11 years ago
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Level: 168, : 8,111
Where do you see にくい? I only see がたい on the official model sentences and the usage examples.
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11 years ago
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[img]http://i.imgur.com/80sHC.png[/img]
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11 years ago
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Level: 168, : 8,111
Ah, it was hidden behind the kanji for me. Fixed now! Thanks, both of you.
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