Questions tagged [negation]

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Asking a question with a negative verb (見なかった?)

In Yotsubato Ch. 1, Fuuka asks Ena: 変な子みなかった? I understand this to mean "Have you seen a strange kid?" But I'm a bit hung up on the negative form of the verb here. Why not ask: 変な子みた? Is there ...
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Sentence impact: Articles, Negation without verb

In English, abbreviated sentence structure can convey contempt, disgust, anger, etc. — "I'm a doctor, not a mechanic" has a much stronger impact than "I am a doctor. I am not a mechanic." Articles ...
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Help explain と in this sentence [duplicate]

私も行かないと。 I understood it as "I also won't go." But according to Tae Kim's guide and Google Translate it is read as "I have to go too." Why is that? I assume と has something to do with it since ...
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Conjugate る-ending verbs into negative form

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I tried to look around for an answer but couldn't find it. I just want to state before that my question is not regarding the verb ある or verbs with kanji +...
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What's difference between うるさくないでください and うるさくしないでください

Don't both of them mean "Please do not be loud"? What's the うるさく? Is it うるさい and change い into く to make it a noun? Could you guys suggest the topic that I can look into and study more about them? ...
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What's the い in ない?

I've heard that the non-past negative form ends in nai. However, other forms will aswell have na alone (na katta). Is there some meaning behind this い or is that how the form is?
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Negative adjective 恐怖せず [duplicate]

恐怖せず I think it means “fearless”, but I don’t know the particle sezu. Is this old-fashioned?
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Is there a negative form for adverbs?

So if you want to say you walk quickly you say 早く歩く. Great. Now, suppose you want to say you walk unquickly. Could you potentially say something like 早くなく歩く? The obvious answer is you simply say you ...
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Pitch Accent for ~ない and ~たい

It seems to be a pattern for i-adjectives (in their "dictionary-form") to have low intonation on the first and last morae and high intonation in between, at least if they are three morae or more in ...
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Translation of すべて as “none of”

Here's a sentence I said to a friend today: 「すべての授業{じゅぎょう}を選{えら}びません。」 I wanted to say "I don't choose all my courses." However, my friend understood my sentence as "I choose none of my course. / I ...
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に越したことはない vs に越したことないじゃない

I would appreciate help with the following sentence (which is spoken by a rightfully angry girl). よしゅうふくしゅうをしておくにこしたことないじゃない! I know that にこしたことはない is an expression that means "there's nothing ...
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Negative adjectives + です vs adjective + ではありません

For example, to translate : This dog is not cute. We can use : この犬{いぬ}は可愛{かわい}くないです。 or : この犬{いぬ}は可愛{かわい}いではありません。 Is there a difference between those two sentences? Are there conditions ...
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ではない in Relative Clauses

I have read in several sources that it is grammatically incorrect to use は (topic particle) in relative clauses. However, I am almost certain that I have seen constructions like the following: ...
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-くて, -なくて forms of adjectives

I got confused by these forms. The book says that -くて(pos) and -なくて(neg) have to be connected with stem of an adjective, e.g. 安い: 安 + くて = 安くて. The positive form is pretty easy to understand and ...
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Grammar explanation for '…ことができなくなります'

Is 'できなく' converted from 'できない'? I've learned adj. '..い' can convert to '..く' in this case. Does verb's 'ない' form also have such transformation?
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Variations in polite negations: ありません, ないです, -ません

Negations that consistently take -ない in the plain form show differences in the polite version: 食べない -> 食べません で(は)ない -> で(は)ありません but 大きくない -> 大きくないです Why the inconsistency? Is it due to history?
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How is な used here?

鈴木よ、聞いてやるな。そちらの道には君の息子が気に入っている娘がいるのだ Context: 鈴木 asks his son what was in that direction since his son was looking that direction. Then someone else said the above sentence. I'm confused about the ...
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Why is it なくて and not ないで

お金が足りなくて、本が買えませんでした。 Shouldn't it be: お金が足りないで、本が買えませんでした。
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変わらず, 忘れず - is ず a way to negate the word? [duplicate]

Taken from the song 明日への手紙, they have these: ... 変わらずに (unchanged) ... 忘れずに (remember) ... which is something new to me. is that ず a way to conjigate the word into their negative form? How is it ...
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Logic behind ~く form in the negative form of i-adjectives

I'm trying to logically grasp why い-adjectives switch to the ~く form in order to form a negative. For example: 痛い   (is painful) 痛くない (is not painful) I understand ない to be an adjective. い ...
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Why is there sometimes a は used in conjugated, negative, formal i-adjectives? [duplicate]

A few times now, I have seen a negative i-adjective with a は in between the く and the ありません. I have seen it usually present when it is a response to a question. Like the example below. いいえ、車は赤くはありません。...
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Why is しっていません a mistake ? [duplicate]

I was told many years ago by a native Japanese speaker that saying 知っていません instead of 知りません was a huge mistake. I would like to know the reason of this fact. Is it because the meaning of the verb 知る ...
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unclear target of negation of にならない

嘘をつけ。本物のブロンドはもっとナチュラルだし、そんな不自然な金色にはならん。 that's a lie, real blonde (hair) is more natural, THAT kind of of golden (hair colour) totally cannot be (real)? ...にはならん = not 本物/ナチュラル at all? The golden ...
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Why is ひつよう considered a な adjective?

Im struggling to understand why Hitsuyou (ひつよう) is considered a な adjective. From what I understand after reading about い adjectives we simply drop the last い to make it negative, for example: さむい ...
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〜たい vs 〜ない for proposing a plan [duplicate]

As I'm learning Japanese with my coworkers in Japan (and they learn English), I go for lunch everyday with them as agreed. So in the morning when I ask: 今日、ランチに行きたい? (Wanna go for lunch today?) It ...
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Is ねえ negative in this sentence?

オカダ1勝目バクステ「余裕の勝利。人間ってのはねぇ、余裕の時はこうやって、壁に手をついて立つんだよ The translation for this sentence is: After finally winning his first match オカダ (leaning his hand against the wall) says:"A man stands like ...
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Translation: あまり働きすぎないでください。

This sentence is from the Marugoto chapter on using V+ないで. I am not sure about the role of あまり - I was told that it adds an extra emphasis? So how do you translate it? ("You really mustn't work too ...
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Using ~なくなった vs. ~ない

情報の真偽を確かめるまで帰れなくなった What does なくなった add? I'm parsing なくなった as なくなる or the negative form of なる to become. So loosely it sounds like, "you will lose the ability to leave"。 情報の真偽を確かめるまで帰れない Is this ...
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Negation in a verbてverbてはならない/いけない compound

I saw this sample sentence while looking up 乗せる on a dictionary: バスが乗客を乗せたり降ろしたりしているときは注意して通らなくてはならない。 While a bus is loading and unloading, you must be very careful passing it. What I do not ...
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人間は普通ここに来れんのになあ I Know it means Humans Cannot Come here usually

人間は普通ここに来れんのになあ I Know it means Humans Cannot Come here usually. but doesn't 来られます Means can come Potential Form But 来れ Then ん Confuses me.
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What's the difference between saying 私は日本語を話しません vs 私は日本語が話しません?

私は日本語を話しません 私は日本語が話しません I've seen both versions on the Internet. Maybe only one is the correct version? Maybe both?
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Negating adjective ending with ない

According to this answer there are two types of 〜ない adjectives, those that contain 無い (like 情けない, つまらない also falls here) and those that derive from archaic なう verb (like 危ない). For the first 無い type, ...
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Meaning of 噂を聞かないと思ったら

In a manga, two American boxers are talking about a guy they used to know who now lives in Japan. Boxer A: あのブルドッグがリングに上がるって本当かよ。 Boxer B: ああ。ここ数年噂を聞かねェと思ったらボクサーになってたんだよ。日本でな。 I think 数年〜...
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I understand the meaning of the sentence. I just didn't get the final “な”: 相変、人の話は聞かないな

相変、人の話は聞かないな. What's the purpose of the final な?
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How to interpret 全然 + positive adjective + とは思わない

As explained in this question, I know that 全然 used with positive adjective means "completely, entirely", while when it is used with negative adjectives/verbs it means "not at all, absolutely not". ...
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Is it possible to the negative form of a verb + “n-janai” together to form a tag question?

For instance: ikenai → ikenai njanai? tabetakunai → tabetakunai njanai? tabetakute tamaranai → tabetakute tamaranai njanai? Note that I'm using njanai, not just janai to create a tag ...
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Do we really have to change particles (usually が into は) in negative and interrogative sentences?

Which alternatives sounds more natural? 1.1 - その本は読めない。 1.2 - その本が読めない。 2.1 - ゴルフは上手じゃない。 2.2 - ゴルフが上手じゃない 3.1 - この映画は見たくない。 3.2 - この映画が見たくない。 3.3 - この映画を見たくない。 4.1 - 日本語は分からない。 4.2 - 日本語が分からない。 ...
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Difference between「未熟練労働者」and「不熟練労働者」

I am writing an essay in Japanese and want to talk about non-skilled labor, but found two different words for the opposite of a skilled laborer: 「未{み}-」and「不{ふ}-」+「熟{じゅく}練{れん}労{ろう}働{どう}者{しゃ}」. I was ...
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(Negative すぎる 'too much') when to use なすぎる and なさすぎる [duplicate]

I understand there are two forms meaning 'too little' or too few', I thought the regular way to conjugate the negative was ない-form verb, and the last い is replaced with さ, making なさすぎる. (e.g 食べなさすぎる) ...
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Negative Past Tense

I was reading a book and ran into the following sentence: 「 聞こえたか聞こえないかというくらいの音だ。」 It's supposed to mean something along the lines of "The sound was so quiet that I wasn't even sure if I heard it or ...
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Negative present endings translated as past tense

I've seen certain translations where I feels like there's a shift in the tenses. Ex: なぜ早く言わない!? translated to "Why didn't you say so sooner!?" In fact, I've experienced a lot of cases where a ...
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Which is stronger, ないでほしい or てほしくない

I've asked this to several native Japanese speakers, but I've gotten varied responses so I thought I'd put it out here. Which feels 'stronger', ie more forceful: (1) そこに行かないでほしい (2) そこに行ってほしくない To ...
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Difference between ではありません and ありません

Difference between ではありません and ありません. When do I need to add the では in front of ありません?
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How to interpret だけじゃ with negative verbs?

I'm confused by the use of だけじゃ in this paragraph: たしかに、レスラーの試合があって大会は成り立ってますけどね。でも、やはりあの最高の空間であり、最高の試合っていうものはレスラーだけじゃ作れないですから。と、ボクは思ってますからね。ボクが思ってることが正しいか、正しくないかはわからないけど、ボクはそう思ってますから。で、...
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Is 〜でなかった valid?

I have from the entry for 実際 of ウィズダム英和・和英辞書 the following sentence: 彼は医者だと言ったが実際はそうでなかった。 He said he was a doctor, but in fact he was not. From what I understand, the 「〜でなかった」 here is ...
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Wanai vs Arimasen

I want to say "I am not your dad" in Japanese. Google Translate say that it would be 私はあなたのお父さんではない (Watashi wa anata no otōsande wanai) But why is it Watashi wa anata no otōsande arimasen
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Why does 不甲斐{ふがい}ない mean “worthless” while 甲斐{かい} means “worth”?

JMdict: 不甲斐{ふがい}ない: disappointing; weak-minded; spiritless; cowardly; worthless; pusillanimous; feckless; faint-hearted; shiftless; tame; timid 甲斐{かい}: effect; result; worth; use; avail ...
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difference between -なくて and -ないで [duplicate]

When I encounter these two, I usually don't have a problem understanding their meaning in the given context. Still, I don't really know what makes them different from each other xD -なくて still is ...
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Difference ~ぬ and ~ず [duplicate]

What is the difference between the negatives ~ぬ and ~ず, e.g. 。。。飲まず 。。。飲まぬ Thanks
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(noun) + な versus (verb) + な

Actually, I want I'm figuring out a specific sentence, which is 「暇なので相手して。」And I thought that it means "I am bored because of my companion." 暇 [hima] - "leisure" / "fun" な [na] - Negative imperative. ...