Grammar detail: verb negative form

verb negative form
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To create the negative plain form, replace the る of an ichidan verb with ない, and the う sound of a godan verb with あない.
Ichidan たべる たべない
Godan よむ よまない
To create the polite negative form, replace ます with ません for any verb.
Ichidan たべます たべません
Godan よみます よみません
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See also:
  • Key verb conjugations

Words used in this grammar

ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat
2. to live on (e.g. a salary); to live off; to subsist on
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to read
2. to count  (see also: さばを読む; now mostly used in idioms)
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