Part 7: ~ませんか and Frequency Adverbs

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Part 7: ~ませんか and Frequency Adverbs

Post by The Right Admin on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:03 pm

~ませんか is used to ask the listener if they want to do something with the speaker. Here is an example:
レストランにいきませんか。 Which translates to "Will you go to a restaurant with me?"
レストラン  --  restaurant

Frequency Adverbs are placed before the goal of the verb, this could be an object, place, or other things. When using some frequency adverbs you end the sentence with ~ます and others you end it with ~ません. If the adverb implies a more positive meaning, you then end the sentence with ーます. This could be with adverbs like よく (often). If the adverb implies a more negative meaning, then the sentence should end with ~ません. This is with adverbs like ぜんぜん (never/not at all). Here is an example for each type of adverb:
わたしはときどききっさてんにいきます。 which translates to "I sometimes go the a coffee shop."
ときどき  --  often
わたしはぜんぜんテレビをみません。 which translates to "I never watch T.V."

Here is a list of frequency adverbs and what to use with them:
English|| Japanese || ~ます/~ません
-------------------------------- -------------- --------------------
Everyday|| まいにち|| ~ます
Often|| よく|| ーます
Sometimes|| ときどき|| ーます
Not Often / Not Very Much|| あまり|| ーません
Never / Not At All|| ぜんぜん|| ーません

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