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決して + Negative-Form-(VERB/ADJ/NOUN) as “by no means (VERB/ADJ/NOUN)”

決して + Negative-Form-(VERB/ADJ/NOUN) as “by no means (VERB/ADJ/NOUN)”

This grammar pattern is used to express a strong negation of an idea and is commonly translated to “by no means, not in the least, never, etc.” This grammar pattern can be used with verbs, adjectives, as well as nouns, so long as they are in the Negative-Form, whether that be plain or polite form.

Example(s):

あのクラスは決して易しくない。取るつもりならすぐに教科書を読み始めた方がいいよ。
Ano class wa kesshite yasashikunai. Toru tsumori nara sugu ni kyoukasho o yomihajimeta hou ga iiyo.
(That class is by no means easy. If you’re really thinking about taking it, it’d be best to start reading up on the textbook immediately.)

彼は忠実な人ですから決して友達を裏切りません
Kare wa chuujitsu na hito desukara kesshite tomodachi o uragirimasen.
(He is a loyal person, so there’s no way he’d ever betray his friends.)

あなたは決して一人じゃない
Anata wa kesshite hitori jyanai.
(You’re never alone.)