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Negative -te form ever explained?

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Negative -te form ever explained?

Postby solidsnake360 » Tue 10.21.2008 10:41 pm

Is the negative -te form ever explained in Genki? I just looked it over and it's worrying me that I cannot find it. And if it doesn't, is there a reason why it doesn't? Thank you.
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Re: Negative -te form ever explained?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Tue 10.21.2008 11:15 pm

I don't know what is in Genki and what isn't, but if there's a part where they explain -te forms of -i adjectives it may be in there. I may have said this in another thread, but speaking from a grammatical standpoint, a negative verb is an -i adjective.

(Note that -nai de is a different construction from -nakute; the former means "without", i.e. "tabenai de iku" = "Go without eating")
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Re: Negative -te form ever explained?

Postby solidsnake360 » Tue 10.21.2008 11:38 pm

Hmm, well it seems that it does show that i-adjectives are conjugated that way, but to someone who is a beginner, (and just about everyone who uses Genki is a beginner) I would never think of ない as an adjective. I just think Genki should explicitly clarify that. Thanks for your response, by the way.
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