Indonesian Negation

If you're trying to learn Indonesian Negation which is also called Bahasa Indonesia, check our courses about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your Indonesian grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Indonesian. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Indonesian Negation

Learning the Indonesian Negation is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Indonesian language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Indonesian.

Indonesian negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Indonesian, negation can be made simply by placing "No" before the main verb. But sometimes a double negative is required. "No" is the most common negative.

aku tak bisa melakukannya  (I can't do this). 

mereka tidak ada hubungannya (they don't have anything to do – Double Negative). 

aku tak suka itu (I don't like it)


Here are some examples:

English NegationIndonesian Negation
NegationPenyangkalan
he is not heredia tidak ada di sini
that is not my bookitu bukan buku saya
do not enterjangan masuk

Notice the structure of the Negation in Indonesian.

List of Negation in Indonesian

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Indonesian placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Indonesian vocabulary.

English NegationIndonesian Negation
I don't speakSaya tidak bisa bicara
I don't writeSaya tidak menulis
I don't driveSaya tidak drive
I don't loveSaya tidak suka
I don't giveAku tidak memberikan
I don't smileAku tidak tersenyum
I don't takeAku tidak mengambil
he doesn't speakia tidak berbicara
he doesn't writeia tidak menulis
he doesn't drivedia tidak menyetir
he doesn't lovedia tidak cinta
he doesn't givedia tidak memberikan
he doesn't smiledia tidak tersenyum
he doesn't takeia tidak mengambil
we don't speakkami tidak berbicara
we don't writekita tidak menulis
we don't drivekita tidak berkendara
we don't lovekita tidak mengasihi
we don't givekita tidak memberikan
we don't smilekami tidak tersenyum
we don't takekita tidak mengambil

Negation and negative expressions have a very important role in Indonesian. Once you're done with the Bahasa Indonesia Negation, you might want to check the rest of our Indonesian lessons here: Learn Indonesian. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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