Instantaneous Composition Method

Japanese Grammar Exercise: Making Negative Requests 「…ないで」

Japanese Grammar: ないで

Before starting the exercise for making negative requests 「…ないで」, please clarify any doubts you may have about the grammatical rules by referring to your grammar guidebook or dictionary. The Instantaneous Composition Method requires you to compose sentences with the target sentence pattern(s) over and over in order to use them almost effortlessly. You should already have the necessary knowledge.

Genki I – Lesson 8: ~ないでください

Instantaneous Composition Exercise for Making Negative Requests 「…ないで」

This is not a translation exercise. This is the Instantaneous Composition Exercise. As if a reflexive action, try to create an equivalent Japanese sentence shortly after reading an English script. Try not to think for more than three seconds.

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English and Hidden Japanese Scripts

 1.  Could (you) not wake (me) up?
 2.  Could (you) not touch (me)?
 3.  Could (you) not show the picture?
 4.  Could (you) not start the game? (lit. Could (I have you) not start the game?)


 5.  Could (you) not do that? (lit. Could (I have you) not do that?)
 6.  Please don’t make noise. 
 7.  Please don’t get angry. 
 8.  Please don’t come. 
 9.  Please don’t ask. 
 10.  Please don’t wait. 


「くれますか」 and 「もらえますか」 have almost the same meaning in Japanese. You can express them in a more polite tone using the negative form like this: 「ないでくれませんか」.

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