Instantaneous Composition Method

Japanese Grammar Exercise: Negative Verbs 「…ない」

Japanese Negative Verbs

Before starting the exercise for negative verbs: 「…ない」, 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 3: Verb Conjugation
Tae Kim’s Guide – Negative Verbs

Instantaneous Composition Exercise for Negative Verbs: 「…ない」

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.  (I will) not answer. 
 2.  (I will) not swim. 
 3.  As for meat, (I) don’t eat (it). 
 4.  As for alcohol, (I) don’t drink (it). 


 5.  As for money, (I) don’t lend (it). 
 6.  (I) don’t get up in the morning. 
 7.  (I) don’t go to bed at night. 
 8.  (I) don’t always do my homework. 
 9.  (I will) not sing songs. 
 10.  Tanaka-san is the one that won’t come. 


When it comes to the negative verb form, there are two polite expressions as shown below. We’re following the formal one. However, you should be familiar with both of them.

u-verb (Ex. む: to drink)

  Casual Formal
Negative まないです みません
Past-negative まなかったです みませんでした

ru-verb (Ex. べる; to eat)

  Casual Formal
Negative べないです べません
Past-negative べなかったです べませんでした

Exceptions (Ex. する: to do, る: to come)

  Casual Formal
Negative しないです
Past-negative しなかったです


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