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Lesson 35: Negating past verbs

In this lesson you will learn how to negate verbs in the past tense in Japanese. Again, this is very easy to do, we just replace ます by ません でした. でした is the past form of です.

English Japanese
Didn't you buy a book? ほんいませんでしたか?
hon wo kaimasen desita ka?
I didn't buy a book. ほんいませんでした。
hon wo kaimasen desita.
I didn't drink anything today. きょなにみませんでした。
kyou nanimo nomimasen desita.

Just as with なに, we don't use the object particle after なに.