I know it means don't run away or sth similar.

I wonder does it has another meaning like--逃げよう(just run away)?


For example, 「小鳥、逃げるな。」

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    Maybe this 「な」? -> japanese.stackexchange.com/a/58785/9831 – Chocolate Jun 10 '18 at 15:56
  • @Chocolate I have seen this, I just wanna know whether this phrase 逃げるな has such meaning? Or technically it's possible but people don't actually use it? – Jerry Liu Jun 10 '18 at 16:17
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    what triggered this question? if you explain the context or other circumstances leading to it, we may be able to help better. – Igor Skochinsky Jun 10 '18 at 19:31
  • people don't actually use it? -- 「私なら逃げるな(ぁ)。」「あの人はいつもそうやって逃げるな(~)。」「うまく逃げるな(あ)。」とか、別におかしくないと思います。 – Chocolate Jun 11 '18 at 0:58
  • @IgorSkochinsky My fault, should have posted the context. Have updated my question. – Jerry Liu Jun 11 '18 at 11:19


It can mean either "Don't run away/escape" (negative imperative) or "(I think) ~~ will run away/escape". It depends on the context. For example...

「あっ、待て!小鳥、逃げる!」 -- would be interpreted as "Don't go".

「あっ、鳥かごが壊れてる。これじゃあ、小鳥、逃げる。」 -- would be interpreted as "Birds will/may escape". 

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    "Don't escape!" is pronounced [逃げるな]{LHLL} (or [逃げるな]{LHLH}). "~~will escape" is pronounced [逃げるな]{LHLH}. – Chocolate Jun 12 '18 at 17:09
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    cf. 「笑うな」だと、"Don't laugh" は「[わらうな]{LHHL}」で、"~ (will) laugh" は「[わらうな]{LHHH}」ですね・・ – Chocolate Jun 12 '18 at 17:13
  • Can't thank you enough! Pretty exhaustive answer! – Jerry Liu Jun 13 '18 at 13:25

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