Difference between tabemasen and tabenai

J742129 January 2, 2014, 8:40 pm
What is the main difference between tabemasen and tabenai?
Difference between tabemasen and tabenai
risa-rocket-japanese-tutor January 7, 2014, 8:04 am
Fredさん、
こんにちは

Th e main difference between 食(た)べません and 食(た)べない is that the first one is polite and the latter is casual. So you would use the ません form when you need to be polite. Maybe when you are talking with other adults, strangers or people who are higher in the social hierachy than you i.e. Boss, supervisor. E.g. When your boss offers you sake during dinner and you can't drink sake you would say: すみません。さけはのめません。 I'm sorry. I can't drink sake. But if your friend offers you たこやき(Takoyaki) and you can't eat octopus you can say: ごめん。たこがたべないんだ・の。 Sorry but I can't eat octopus.

*You can use ない+んだ for males...Read More
Fredさん、
こんにちは

Th e main difference between 食(た)べません and 食(た)べない is that the first one is polite and the latter is casual. So you would use the ません form when you need to be polite. Maybe when you are talking with other adults, strangers or people who are higher in the social hierachy than you i.e. Boss, supervisor. E.g. When your boss offers you sake during dinner and you can't drink sake you would say: すみません。さけはのめません。 I'm sorry. I can't drink sake. But if your friend offers you たこやき(Takoyaki) and you can't eat octopus you can say: ごめん。たこがたべないんだ・の。 Sorry but I can't eat octopus.

*You can use ない+んだ for males. The ない+んだ is used like です but is more colloquial and is used to give an explanation/reason. Girls can use ない+の.

Lisa
Difference between tabemasen and tabenai
J742129 January 7, 2014, 1:12 pm
どもありがと Lisaさん!
Difference between tabemasen and tabenai
risa-rocket-japanese-tutor January 27, 2014, 6:02 am
Fredさん、

You can just say どうも (informal, casual way of saying thanks) or どうもありがとうございます。

Don't forget the "う”s ;)
Difference between tabemasen and tabenai
J742129 February 3, 2014, 4:46 pm
Thank you Risa-san!
Difference between tabemasen and tabenai

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