ません

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Suffix[edit]

ません (rōmaji -masen)

  1. A suffix used to form the polite negative present of a verb. The negative form of the polite suffix -ます (-masu).
     () () (dekiru, to be able) () ()ます (dekimasu, to be able, formal) () ()ません (dekimasen, to be unable, formal)

Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

ません (rōmaji -masen)

  1. (archaic, Edo period) A suffix used to form the polite volitional of a verb. The volitional form of the polite suffix -ます (-masu).

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