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とても〜ない
totemo ~ nai
JLPT N3
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Meaning
Can`t possibly
There is so much (food) that I can`t possibly eat it all
無理と言う意味
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Formation
Phrases
たくさんあってとてもたべきれません
There is so much (food) that I can`t possible eat it all.
Edit  #6603 tigert
とうきょうではとてもいえなんかかえません。
I can`t possibly buy a house in Tokyo.
Edit  #6604 tigert
Discussion and comments
This phrase expresses a very strong sense of impossiblity. The verb is usually in the potential form.
tigert
「たくさんあって、とても食べきれません」 fits with the translation if you read it carefully...
nicemon
Ex#6603...the potential form of 食べる Is 食べられる。。。So..the example must be...たくさんあって、とても食べられません。
gahoangdai
The example is correct. 食べきれません is in potential form.
食べ : masu form of "to eat"
切る : Used as an auxiliary verb to mean "to finish an action completely"
切る became 切れる and then 切れません
vizoso