Forbid

Zaina

Zaina

How does one say "It's forbidden", or "I can't" ?
Sayaka-Matsuura

Sayaka-Matsuura

Hi Zaina, There are many ways to say "forbidden" or "can't" and in most cases you need to know what follows or in which situation you want to use it. The noun form for "forbidden" is "kinshi". But it also depends on how it is used with other words. If you could tell us the exact phrase (or situation) then it will be easier to translate it for you. Thanks!
Zaina

Zaina

Thanks for your help on the word "forbidden" :) as to the other word: how do i say " I can't come" ? and I keep hearing people say "kairo", or something like that. what does it mean? Also, is there a way to say "I don't want"- as in I don't desire to" ? or does that also depend on what I dont want? Thanks!
Sayaka-Matsuura

Sayaka-Matsuura

Hi again Zaina, As for "kairo"....I'm sorry but I'm not sure what you are referring to. What is the context? In Japanese, you conjugate verbs, that is, change the form of the verbs to make it mean different things. So "I can't come" and "I don't want to come" will be said by changing the form of the verb "come". Besides, the Japanese translation for the word "go" is used in many situations that you would use the word "come" in English. It is not advisable to translate "a word" taken out of context, simply because there are so many variations and different words you use in different situations. We don't want to give you the wrong advise. It would help if you can tell us the exact situation. Thank you.
Matumic

Matumic

たべてはいけません You may not eat. ねてはいけません You may not sleep のんではいけません You may not drink. That might help a little bit more. These are common some verbs conjugated into "forbidden" actions. Help that helps. :D
Zaina

Zaina

it helps a lot, thanks :)

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