Korean: 지 마세요 | prohibit, don't do
It is common to see signs such as 'No noise', 'No running' and 'No smoking'. How do you express them in Korean? I'm sure you've heard the phrase '〜지 마세요' before. That's right, today we are going to learn how to use '〜지 마세요' to express the meaning of 'no ...ing'.
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It is common to see signs such as "No noise", "No running" and "No smoking".
How do you express them in Korean?
I'm sure you've heard the phrase "〜지 마세요" before. That's right, today we are going to learn how to use "〜지 마세요" to express the meaning of "no ...ing".
About ～지 마세요
In Korean: Please, Persuade 〜(으)십시오/세요, 주세요, the sentences used when expressing "request" are introduced, but the usage of "forbidden request" is not introduced.
The following rules can be used when expressing a "forbidden request", such as "Please don't~" or "no ...ing".
Verb's stem + 지 마세요
내일은 지각하지 마세요.
Don't be late tomorrow.
문을 닫는 것을 잊지 마세요.
Don't forget to close the door.
Honorifics and Non-honorifics
When ask someone to forbid from doing something, you should pay attention to your status and occasion and use Honorifics and Non-honorific words to avoid conflicts due to rudeness.
If you want to be more respectful, you can use "〜지 마십시오" as a form of honorific.
Just replace "세요" with the more respectful "십시오".
On the contrary, you can use non-honorific for younger people or juniors.
「～지 말아요」, 「～지 마요」, 「～지 마라」, 「～지 마」 are all non-verbal usage.
실내에서 담배를 피우지 마십시오.
Do not smoke indoors.
영화관에 큰 소리로 이야기하지 마십시오.
Don't talk out loud to the cinema.
Don’t make fun of me!
Don't dream! (Not a chance!)
- You can use "〜지 마세요" to express the meaning of forbidden.
- You can use "〜지 마십시오" to show respect to elders and guests.
- You can use "〜지 말아요", "〜지 마요", "〜지 마라", and "〜지 마" for the younger generation and younger people.