I have only found the ~ませ conjugation used in the following honorific verbs:

  1. いらっしゃいませ
  2. くださいませ
  3. なさいませ

Can the conjugation be applied to other honorific verbs, like おっしゃいませ or めしあがりませ?

Or even common verbs, like がんばりませ or つづきませ?


ませ is the imperative form of the polite ます.

For all of your examples, you cannot directly add ませ, but you can add くださいませ:

  • おっしゃってくださいませ
  • 召し上がってくださいませ
  • 頑張ってくださいませ
  • 続いてくださいませ

or なさいませ:

  • おっしゃいなさいませ
  • 召し上がりなさいませ
  • 頑張りなさいませ
  • 続きなさいませ

Probably, only a few verbs including the ones Lukman mentions have the conjugation ませ. And ento found that 召しませ, is also possible.

My speculation for this is that only the verbs that:

  1. have an auxiliary usage besides its main verb usage, and
  2. are suppletive honorification

have the ませ conjugation.

  • いらっしゃる, いる 'be' [As main verb]
  • 召し上がっていらっしゃる, 食べている 'have been' [As auxiliary]
  • くださる, くれる 'give to me' [As main verb]
  • 召し上がってくださる, 食べてくれる 'eat for me' [As auxiliary]
  • なさる, する 'do' [As main verb]
  • 召し上がりなさる, お食べになる [As auxiliary]
  • So can you confirm that the conjugation is really restricted to the three verbs and all their compounds, and is not applicable for other verbs?
    – Lukman
    Jul 21 '11 at 8:36
  • @Dave ませ attaches to ください, which selects the -form. I removed that part from the answer.
    – user458
    Jul 21 '11 at 8:50
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    There are 1M+ results for 召しませ, a phrase I've heard from time to time but neglected to look up its exact meaning. Is this another exception?
    – ento
    Jul 21 '11 at 9:02
  • @ento Thanks for pointing it out. I do not know much to be able to say anything about that.
    – user458
    Jul 21 '11 at 9:15

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