〜まい [〜まい] (mai-1)
Meaning: won't (do something)
Example: I won't tell her
JLPT Level: 2
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|＊This grammar has the connotation of resolving not to do something.|
Ｖ(dict. form) + まい
Ｖ(minus ます) + まい
する -> しまい
くる -> こまい
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|Amatuka||Not used in typical spoken Japanese.|| |
|Amatuka||N.B. Derivation of ~まい involves uncertainty - extension to 'negative violition' arrived the same way as the +ve violition did. |
Therefore, literally, it's more like "I probably won't tell ..." "I don't think I'll tell ..."
|Jon||What about a past tense? How would one say: "He wouldn't tell me." ?|| |
I don't think there is a past tense of まい version.
言わないだろう。/ 言わないようにしよう。is more popular spoken style of 言うまい。
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