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Won't you...? ~ませんか?

Oni's picture

Why don't we study Japanese grammar?

ok. Since we have the above construction (using a negative to suggest doing something) in English, this grammar point isn't too difficult to grasp.

Construction:
1) ~masu verb - masu + masen ka

どこか行きませんか
dokoka ikimasen ka.
Why don't we go already?
[notice I have the English as 'we.' It could be 'you' if you are angry at the person and wish him to leave...]

映画を見ませんか
eiga o mimasen ka .
Why don't we see a movie.

何か飲みませんか
nanika nomimasen ka.
Wouldn't you like to drink something?
[In this case you are asking someone individually if they would like something to drink. ]

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missing "ka"

Bonjour Admin,

A "ka" is missing in the translation of the first sentence.

Amicalement,
DK

phreadom's picture

Good eye. Fixed it now. :)

Good eye. Fixed it now. :) Thank you!

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Another erratum


Construction:
1) ~masu verb - masu + mashou"

... just above the first example box. (母)

phreadom's picture

Ah, thanks! Fixed. :) I would

Ah, thanks! Fixed. :)

I would probably like it worded better as well... like "~masu verb: remove ~masu and add ~masen ka"?

Seems like it would be less confusing to me.

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Dokoka

But dokoka means 'somewhere', right?

phreadom's picture

I believe you might also be

I believe you might also be able to say the sentence as "Why don't we go somewhere?" or "Why don't you go somewhere?" or "Aren't you going somewhere?" etc.

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Ranja's picture

Let's go somewhere

> notice I have the English as 'we.' It could be 'you' if you are angry at the person and wish him to leave...

Nah. If I get angry at someone, I would say "どこか行けば?", "どこか行ったら?", "どっか行きな", or something.
どこか行きませんか is too polite to use in such situation.
To me it sounds like "Let's go somewhere for a drink" (^o^).