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How-to Say “Please (do/don’t) VERB” (て/ない-Form VERB + ください)

て-Form VERB + 下さい as “Please do VERB” and て-Form VERB + 下さいませんか as the more polite “Would you please do VERB?”

Example(s):

写真を取って下さいませんか
Shashin wo totte kudasaimasenka.
(Would you please take a photograph?)

静かになってください
Shizuka ni natte kudasai.
(Please quiet down.)

To change the context of this construct into requesting a negative action, replace the て-Form of the verb with the ない-Form of the verb followed by a で.

Example(s):

写真を取らないで下さい
Shashin wo toranaide kudasai.
(Please do not take photographs.)

うるさくならないで下さいませんか
Urusaku naranaide kudasaimasenka.
(Would you please not become noisy?)