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19. Absolute Beginner #19 - Negative Forms of Class 2 Japanese Verbs


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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

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Aidanさん、
Konnichiwa. :smile:
わかりました。よくできました。Well done.
Yuki  由紀
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avatar Aidan

1時に食べる。 :smile: :

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SJさん
こんにちは。 :smile:
The wa at the end must be は because it’s a particle.
Regarding to the first question, the answer is ‘yes.’
Yuki 由紀
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avatar SJ

こんにちわ Hello :smile:
I feel like this is a very basic question :wink: but:
If a verb is formal and ends in “ます ” (whether it’s Class 1, 2, or 3), can it always be replaced with “ません” to make the verb negative?
For example: Could I turn 食べます into 食べません , 行きます into 行きません, and します into しません?
Does this work 100% of the time?
ありがと ございます Thank you very much :smile: :smile:

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shjzo-san,
konnichiwa!

Very well done! :smile: :thumbsup:
You’re right; Kent is not watching TV.
The statement is either general or about the future. :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),
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avatar shjzo

ケントはテレビを見ない。
“kent doesn’t watch tv.” i would assume that it’s meant to be a general statement that kent would be a person who is not watching tv at all since it’s not the “-ing” form of the verb.
so it’s: kento wa terebi o minai. (kent is generally not much of a tv-watcher.)
and um…:kento wa terebi o mite imasen (? he’s currently not watching tv?)

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shizo san,

Could you please tell me which sentence you are referring to?

Yuki 由紀
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avatar shjzo

is this meant to be an “absolute” statement like “kent doesn’t watch tv at all” or is it saying that “he’s just currently not watching tv”?

avatar pradip

May be putting the heading of the chapter as “casual” would clear things up.

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Manos-san,
you’re absolutely correct!! :grin:
“masu” is more formal and politer and “-u” (plain) form (which is used for
casual conversations). Well guessed!

Natsuko(奈津子),
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