What's the difference between:




~ないでくれる means "(someone) does me the favor of not doing (something)."
~てくれない means "(someone) doesn't do me the favor of doing (something)."


笑わないでくれる -- "does me the favor of not laughing"
You want someone not to laugh, and they don't laugh.
笑ってくれない -- "doesn't do me the favor of laughing"
You want someone to laugh, but they don't laugh.

「笑わないでくれ。」 would mean "(Please) don't laugh."
(くれ is the imperative form of くれる.)

You could use 「笑ってくれないで...」 to mean "(I want someone to laugh, but) they don't laugh, and..."
(ないで is one of the continuative forms of ない.)

「笑わないで。」 can mean "(Please) don't laugh." but 「笑ってくれないで」 doesn't mean that.

  • So ~てくれないで can't mean "don't do ~ for me!"? As in, "I don't want your favour of ~!"
    – Sweeper
    Apr 11 '20 at 15:03
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    – Chocolate
    Apr 11 '20 at 15:05
  • ありがとうございました。勉強になりました。
    – Sweeper
    Apr 11 '20 at 15:08

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