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English Reference for ikenai (いけない)

  1. Expression usually kana wrong, not good, of no use
  2. hopeless, past hope
  3. must not do
Example sentences
You must not despise a man because he is poorly dressed
Under no circumstances must you swim in the deep river
Don't expose the plant to direct sunlight
I took an umbrella in case it should rain
Don't keep the bicycle in the barn
You must not make a noise at the table
You must not get off the train before it stops
Don't use any words whose meanings you don't know well
You must not take liberties with older people
Don't go back on your promise
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