It Was Not (じゃありませんでした)

“We live in deeds, not years; In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs…” – Aristotle

Here’s your chapter vocabulary (which you should already feel comfortable with, right?). We’ll use some of this vocab to practice じゃありませんでした.

Chapter Vocabulary

Hiragana English
こうえん park
じしょ dictionary
ちかてつ subway
おてあらい bathroom
しお salt
つくえ desk
さとう sugar
はこ box
しゃしん picture
こども child

Now, if you thought that じゃありません was a mouthful… well, this one will be a little more than a mouthful. Lucky for you, though, you know both parts of it. Let’s take a look.

じゃありません = it is not

でした = was

じゃありません + でした = It was not

Makes a lot of sense, right? By combining “it is not” and “it was” you get “it was not.” Oh, and to make things simpler, it’s used in the exact same way as です, でした, and じゃありません. Let’s take a look at some examples…but first, some wisdom from Bruce Lee.

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