JLPT N4 Grammar (nasai)

Meaning

do this (soft/firm command)

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)なさい
な (conversation)
nasai なさい なさい jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (nasai). Meaning: do this (soft/firm command).

It is a soft, but firm way of issuing a command, which is often used in situations like parents asking/ordering their kids to do something.

It is used in combination with a Verb’s stem form and can only be used with a positive Verb.

tabemasu → tabenasai

Eat your food. (command)

In conversation, the last さい may be dropped to just be just な.

Ex) 食べな (tabena) “please eat”.


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Example #1

まず、しつもんにこたえなさい。
mazu, shitsumon ni kotaenasai.
First, answer my question.
Example #2

あした、がっこうにいくから、はやくねなさい!
ashita, gakkou ni iku kara, hayaku ne nasai!
You've got school tomorrow so hurry up and go to bed.
Example #3

うるさいだよ。しずかにしなさい!
urusai da yo. shizuka ni shi nasai!
You're being really noisy, be quiet!
Example #4

やさいはからだにいいからもっとたべなさい。
yasai wa karada ni ii kara motto tabe nasai!
Vegetables are good for your body, so eat up.
Example #5

あしたの9じにわたしにでんわしなさい!
ashita no 9 ji ni watashi ni denwa shi nasai!
Give me a call tomorrow at 9 o'clock.
Example #6

つぎのしつもんをみて、ここにこたえなさい!
tsugi no shitsumon o mite, koko ni kotae nasai !
Look at the next problem and put your answer here.
Example #7

わからなかったらせんせいにききなさい!
wakarana kattara sensei ni kiki nasai!
If you don't understand, ask your teacher.
Example #8

ひとからされたいとおもうことを、みずからひとにしなさい。
hito kara saretai to omou koto o, mizukara hito ni shinasai.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

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