How To Negatively Conjugate The Japanese Verb: 'To Read'

Written byIchika Yamamoto

The table below will show you how to negatively conjugate the Japanese verb yomu - to read 読む.

Conjugation of Japanese verb yomu - to read 読む

Verb Class The basic form of Group 1 verbs end with "- u". Verbs in this group are also called consonant-stem verbs or godan-doushi (Godan verbs).
Stem yom -
Te form yonde
Infinitive yomi
Kanji Katakana/Hiragana Romaji
Present Indicative Plain 読まない よまない yomanai
Politeよみません yomimasen
Presumptive Plain 読まない だろう よまない だろう yomanai darō
Politeよまない でしょう yomanai deshō
Imperative Plain 読む な よむ な yomu na
Politeよまない で ください yomanai de kudasai
Past Indicative Plain 読まなかった よまなかった yomanakatta
Politeよみません でした yomimasen deshita
Past Presumptive Plainよまなかっただろう yomanakatta darō
Politeよまなかったでしょう yomanakatta deshō
Present Progressive Plain
Politeよんで いません yonde imasen
Past Progressive Plain
Politeよんで いません でした yonde imasen deshita
Provisional Plainよまなければ yomanakereba
Politeよみません なら yomimasen nara
Conditional Plainよまなかったら yomanakattara
Politeよみません でしたら yomimasen deshitara
Potential Plain 読めない よめない yomenai
Politeよめません yomemasen
Causative Plainよませない yomasenai
Politeよませません yomasemasen
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