Grammar detail: りゃ

りゃ - colloquial contraction of れば or りは
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In colloquial speech, the contraction りゃ is often used instead of both りは / りや and れは / れば.
For example, consider this example:
I just can't understand that.
Source: りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド(
Here, the stem of わかる (understand) is being used with the やしない construction as an emphatic negative, meaning 'I just don't understand'. The り + や are then contracted to りゃ.
In this example, それは (that) is contracted to そりゃ:

That comes in handy.
In this example, すれば (if you do it) is contracted to すりゃ:
Well, go for it.
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See also:
  • colloquial variations of Japanese
  • やしない negative

Kanji used in this grammar

convenience; tidings   ビン tidings   ベン convenience   たよ tidings, news   
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リ    effective, interest, profit, advantage   き to be effective   
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