View topic - what does ja nai mean?
1. Negative of a noun or na-adjective
sensei da = teacher
sensei ja nai = not a teacher
kirei da = pretty
kirei ja nai = not pretty
2. Rhetorical; "isn't it?" meaning at the end.
sensei ja nai? - Isn't that a/the teacher?
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You're probably familiar with the polite form: ja arimasen (or "dewa arimasen"). "Nai" is simply the plain form of "arimasen". (Or, to put it another way, the negative form of "aru" is "nai" rather than the expected "arinai".)
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