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What is the difference between '__くない’ and '__くありません’ 例えば: 塩は甘くないです 塩は甘くありません Also, when would you use each version? ありがとうございます!
Jun 20, 2015 4:04 PM
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Let's first observe it without です  塩は甘くない  (casual Japanese (used among friends, most family, and younger people than you usually) 塩は甘くありません (polite Japanese (used when around people older than you or you consider superior) If you add です after ない it makes it polite too so they are almost equal in value but I consider the first sentence more casual overall. Some (young) Japanese people might forget to make their sentences polite if in the mist of conversation (or like were just talking with their friends and using the casual forms a lot) and just throw a desu on at the end if they are about to forget. That's how I interpret this subtle difference but this is just my opinion. lol Hope it helps.
June 20, 2015
くない and ではありません、ではない(じゃありません、じゃない)maybe くないuse for negatif いけようし(さむい、あつい、あまい、にがい、etc) Ex:さむくない(not cold) Then ではありません、ではない、じゃありません、じゃない use for negatif なけようし、めいし(すきな、ひと etc) Ex: すきではありません、ひとじゃない etc Hope can be help
June 20, 2015
Joe
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese