How to allow and disallow in Japanese

Below, learn the how to allow and disallow in japanese!

Generally speaking, both the Japanese phrases for asking permission and the Japanese phrases for prohibiting some action use a mixture of the japanese verbs in te form and some very common expressions in the Japanese language.

How to allow and disallow in Japanese

In today's article, we're going to talk a little about the most basic ways of building sentences used to give permission and forbid someone to do something in Japanese.

How to allow and ask for permission in Japanese

To give or ask for permission in Japanese, it is necessary to follow a basic sentence structure, using the japanese verbs in te form, the particle  and one of the expressions below:


The forms presented above are mostly used in formal conversations. In the case of informality, it is possible to use かまわないもいい or いい without the need to use ですat the end of sentences. The examples below better illustrate the cases of formality and informality for asking permission in Japanese.


宜しいです。  – テレビを見ても宜しいですか?
いいです。  – テレビを見てもいいですか?
かまいません。- テレビを見てもかまいませんか?

かまわない – テレビを見てもかわない
いい         – テレビを見てもいい

いい – テレビを見ていい

Note that to turn the sentence into a question, just add the particle  at the end of the sentence in Japanese, using the same path that we studied in the article “how to ask questions in japanese“.

Below are some more examples on how to give and ask for permission in Japanese.


How to ban in Japanese

Forbidding some action in Japanese is something as simple as giving permission, where we use a similar way to build sentences. But in this case, it is more common to use the particle .

So, to prohibit something in Japanese, we will need the verbs in the form te, adding the particle  and one of the expressions listed below.

なりません – テレビを見てはなりません。
いけません – テレビを見てはいけません。

ならない – テレビを見てはならない。
いけない – テレビを見てはいけない。
だめだ – テレビを見てはだめだ。

ちゃだめ – テレビを見ちゃだめ。

Below are some examples on how to ban in Japanese:


Today, I thought it best to talk about this subject in a somewhat superficial way, but in the next articles, we will talk about this topic in a deeper way.

Kanji calligraphy exercise

Below are the Japanese ideographic symbols used in this article. Selecting the desired kanji, copy and paste them into Worksheet for Kana and Kanji Practice , a new window will open where you can view the printable file and practice Japanese calligraphy by covering the gray symbols and then trying to write yourself. Just print and practice.