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N5 Lesson 6: 13/13

な (Prohibitive)

Do not, Don't (Prohibitive)


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About な

is classified as a sentence ending particle in Japanese. When attached to the base (dictionary) form of a verb, it has the nuance of strongly demanding that someone 'not' do something.




    Don't go.


    Don't play soccer here.


    Don't cry.


    Don't do it alone.


    Don't say, 'This tastes bad!'

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      Page 54 [CH 33]

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      Page 46 & 266

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      Page 183

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な – Grammar Discussion

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  • znic1998


    Hey! I’m back with more questions. Based on the example sentence it seems that this can only be used with verbs in their dictionary form. I am correct with making that assumption. I’m assuming there will grammar later to cover more imperatives but I just want to be sure.

  • FredKore


    That’s correct. The negative imperative is (plain verb)-な.
    The positive imperative is either (う-verb, え-ending) or (る-verb stem + ろ).

    まつな! Don’t wait!
    まて! Wait!

    たべるな! Don’t eat!
    たべろ! Eat!

    (I can’t seem to find the Bunpro page for positive imperative though.)

  • znic1998


    Thanks, @FredKore I will ever use it since apparently it is quite rude, but good to know

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