100 Grammar Points


79. Can’t, not allowed いけません/いけない

This is how to say something is forbidden to do. Perhaps the easiest way to us this is to stick it after the て form of a verb and は (wa – topic particle).

shiranai hito to hanashite wa ikemasen.

Don’t speak to strangers.

Often in casual speech, the ては becomes ちゃ (or じゃ) as in:

sono eiga o micha ikemasen yo.
You are not allowed to watch this movie – or You shouldn’t watch this movie.

You can also use だめ for a similar effect:

watashi no hon o yonja dame.
You can’t read my book!

100 Grammar Points


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