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When I order something in a restaurant, I'd like to ask without spicy.

  • I hear I have to use : 辛【から】いのぬきで or 辛いのなしで.

  • Why 辛くないで is not correct?

Thank you !

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This で is a method/means/condition marker, and it requires a noun before it. -抜き and -無し are suffixes that produce nouns which also work as no-adjectives. For details, see: What does 「なし」in 「問題なし」 mean?

Grammatically, 辛くない is not a noun phrase. It either modifies a following noun (eg 辛くない料理), or forms a predicate at the end of a sentence/clause (eg この料理は辛い。).

The easiest fix is to add the pronoun の ("one") after 辛くない.

辛くないので。

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  • Thank you but why Japanese native speakers tell me the use of 辛くないで is wrong ?
    – None
    Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 5:10
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    As I said, that's because 辛くない is not a noun but an adjective, which never directly connects to で. You have to say 辛くないので instead.
    – naruto
    Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 6:18
  • How is 辛くない any grammatically different from e.g. 行かない (which can perfectly well connect to で, as in the song title)? Commented Mar 29 at 19:45
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I don't think it's incorrect. Whoever serving you would still get your message and understand you. If you wanto say 辛くないで,

辛くない,で or 辛くないので is more accurate.

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