Wow here we are, back again for the last part in our Japanese verb conjugation series. Today we are going to looking at conjugating plain form verbs into the negative and past negative forms. Since we have a lot to do let’s get started right away!
Past negative and negative verb forms are essential for your basic understanding and utilisation of Japanese. Mastering these Japanese verb conjugations will complete the conjugation puzzle and give you the keys to drive forward to the next step on your journey with confidence.
- 1 How to conjugate plain form Japanese verbs into the negative and past negative forms.
- 2 Conjugating Japanese group 1 plain form verbs into the negative forms
- 3 Conjugating Japanese group 2 plain form verbs into the negative forms
- 4 Conjugating Japanese group 3 plain form verbs into the negative forms
- 5 Conjugating plain form Japanese verbs into the past negative forms
- 6 Summary
- 7 Study in Japan?
How to conjugate plain form Japanese verbs into the negative and past negative forms.
Japanese Verb Group 1:
IRU/ERU Verbs – Verbs that end in IRU いるand ERUえる- such as: みる Miruたべる Taberu
Japanese Verb Group 2:
Verbs in group 2 end with syllables ku (く), gu (ぐ), su (す), mu (む), nu (ぬ), bu (ぶ), u (う), tsu (つ), or ru (る).
Japanese Verb Group 3:
Is made up of only two verbs, Suruする and Kuru くる.
Conjugating Japanese group 1 plain form verbs into the negative forms
So again firstly we will start with the easiest group, group 1 – Iru + Eru verbs
To conjugate this group to past tense all you do is take off the “ru” る and add “nai” ない.
|to leave; to exit||Deru||でる||To not leave||Denai||でない|
|To Open||Akeru||あける||To not open||Akenai||あけない|
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conjugate these iru/eru verbs into the plan negative tense. Lets take it up a notch and move over to group 2!
Conjugating Japanese group 2 plain form verbs into the negative forms
Group 2 includes all verbs ending in: Verbs in group 2 end with syllables ku (く), gu (ぐ), su (す), mu (む), nu (ぬ), bu (ぶ), u (う), tsu (つ), or ru (る).
Now fortunately with most verbs in this group you can take off the U sounds and add “anai”
Lets have a look at the conjugation table:
|To walk||Aruku||あるく||く becomesかない||To not walk||あるかない|
|To swim||Oyogu||およぐ||ぐ becomesがない||To not swim||およがない|
|To kill||Korosu||ころす||す becomesさない||To not kill||ころさない|
|To drink||Nomu||のむ||む becomesまない||To not drink||のまない|
|To die||Shinu||しぬ||ぬ becomesなない||To not die||しなない|
|To fly||Tobu||とぶ||ぶ becomesばない||To not fly||とばない|
|To say||Iu||いう||う becomesわない||To not say||いわない|
|To wait||Matsu||まつ||つ becomesたない||To not wait||またない|
|To hunt||Karu||かる||る becomesらない||To not hunt||からない|
Now its not as difficult as conjugating into the past form but there are still some exceptions to the “anai” rules as you can see with U and Tsu but they shouldn’t cause you many problems.
Try and conjugate some sentences of your own to practice. The key is to constantly practice Japanese verb conjugations until you can do them in your sleep.
Conjugating Japanese group 3 plain form verbs into the negative forms
So now onto the final group, group three! Let’s conjugate these two plain form Japanese verbs into the negative form.
|To Do||Suru||する||To not do||Shinai||しない|
|To Come||Kuru||くる||To not come||Konai||こない|
Conjugating plain form Japanese verbs into the past negative forms
So what we are going to be doing here is conjugating plain form verbs like to eat たべる into did not eat たべなかった.
We don’t need to split the verbs into 3 groups here because they all conjugate in the same way.
All we have to do is take the negative plain verb form ending ない nai and change it to nakatta なかった.
|To walk||Aruku||あるく||ない becomesなかった||Did not walk||あるかなかった|
|To swim||Oyogu||およぐ||ない becomesなかった||Did not swim||およがなかった|
|To kill||Korosu||ころす||ない becomesなかった||DId not kill||ころさなかった|
|To drink||Nomu||のむ||ない becomesなかった||DId not drink||のまなかった|
|To eat||Tabery||たべる||ない becomesなかった||Did not eat||たべなかった|
|To move||Ugoku||うごく||ない becomesなかった||Did not move||うごかなかった|
|To sleep||Neru||ねる||ない becomesなかった||Did not sleep||ねなかった|
So there you have it you can now conjugate all Japanese verbs like a pro. All masu form and plain form verbs in the past, negative and past negative forms are at your disposal. I hope you all enjoyed this series and found it useful.