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がたい
gatai
JLPT N2
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Meaning
Vm, ~ difficult to
hard to understand
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Formation
See also
Phrases
そのけしきのうつくしさはひつぜつにつくしがたい。
The beauty of the scenery is hard to describe
Edit  #219 Amatuka, dc
おさえがたいしょうどう
An un controllable urge.
Edit  #3158 Exrulez, dc
じんせいにはおうおうにしてそっけつしがたいことがらにでくわすことがあります。
In one's life, there are occasionally situations where it is difficult to make on-the-spot decisions.
Edit  #3162 bamboo4
このしょうぶはしろくろつけがたい。
It's hard to decide who the winner of this match is.
Edit  #6022 angelitosh2004
かのじょは,とてもえらくなってしまって、ちかよりがたい。
She's become diffiult to approach since being promoted to her new high position.
Edit  #6023 angelitosh2004
かれがたからくじでおくえんあてたなんて、すぐにはしんじがたいはなしだ。
He won Y100,000,000 in the lottery? I find it hard to believe such a story.
Edit  #6024 angelitosh2004
これはせいかいではないが、まちがっているともいいがたい。
This isn't the right answer, but I can't say it's a mistake either.
Edit  #6913 brazenxvirtue
にほんにきていろいろとえがたいけいけんをした。
Since I've come to Japan, I've had a lot of valuable experiences (hard to get experiences).
Edit  #6914 brazenxvirtue
あんなきのよわそうなひとがひとごろし”なんてしんじがたい。
I can't believe such a timid person could be a murderer.
Edit  #6915 brazenxvirtue
おやがこを、わかものがろうじんをぎゃくたいするようなはんざいはゆるしがたい。
Parents who abuse children or young people who abuse the elderly, those types of crimes I/we can't forgive (excuse).
Edit  #6916 brazenxvirtue
かのじょが1とうをとったなんてしんじがたい。
It is incredible that she should have won the first prize.
Edit  #8167 karekano
それはせつめいしがたい。
It's hard to explain.
Edit  #8775 Krish
Discussion and comments
Implies that something is so difficult that it can't be done. For something that's just really difficult to do it's better to use 〜にくい or 〜づらい.

Also, the verbs it's used as a pair with are pretty limited. Here are a few more:
賛成しがたい, but 反対しがたい you absolutely can't say.
表現しがたい
考えがたい
動かしがたい事実
受け入れがたい
brazenxvirtue
First example : Lit. "The beauty of the scenery is hard to express completely."
Amatuka
I've noticed that the verbs that tend to use GATAI are pretty scarce so is there a time when this grammar point should be used or can it be used for anything without any problems?
Exrulez
By definition, 難い means "difficult" so that it is associated with things that has problems to begin with.
bamboo4
Kanji 難い
Amatuka
Would something like 「今夜早く暗くなって道が見難い」be something you say or write (or be quite possibly neither)?
Leslie
First of all, 見難い is read as minikui here. This is used in conversation and writing. But in writing, 今夜は is better in this sentence.
If you meant "something-gagai", we use it in both cases as well but the sentence sounds rather formal in speaking.
anon
Formed from Verb -masu base + gatai
Vm - Verb -masu base
Amatuka
Common examples:

想像しがたい
許しがたい
耐えがたい
得がたい
信じがたい
表しがたい
Arma
The word pattern "...し難い" can produce many examples.
bamboo4
See also "nikui"?
theWonderer
〜がたい suggests that s.th. is extremely difficult or nearly impossible to do. It is often used with words such as shinjiru (to believe), taeru (to endure),rikaisuru (to understand), eru (to obtain), suteru (to discard), and hanareru (to be seperated from), and refers to mental activity instead of actual deeds. For example, sutegatai implies that one finds it difficult to part with a memory or s.th. one is attached to.
angelitosh2004