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A, right?; A, isn't it?
Used to elicit confirmation from the listener; weaker than でしょう?
3
もう       いい  じゃない  
It's OK if we go home already, right?
1
       じゃない  
Today's Tuesday, right?

Getting the sentences
Construction
(Elements in parentheses are optional.)
ANoun じゃない/ではない
 
Aな-adjective じゃない/ではない
 
Aい-adjective -い ない
 
APhrase (casual) じゃない/ではない
 
 
Basic Examples:
くない (isn't it cold today?)

ボブさんじゃない (isn't that Bob?)

Understanding the negative ending
Basic Examples
(かんたん)じゃない?
This would literally translate as "It isn't easy, right?", which is not how it should be understood. Rather, even though the ending adjective is in the negative, it should be seen as "Easy, isn't it?", or "Easy, right?"

The usage of the negative is used to weaken the statement (which is why you are eliciting a confirmation from the listener - you are not 100% sure of what you are saying.

If you want to confirm the negative of something (It's not hard, right?)
Basic Examples
しくなくない?
Or, to see it in steps...
Basic Examples
しい
しくない
しくなくない
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ん and の sometimes come after the word and before じゃない/ではない.
2 months ago
avatar マイコー (Site admin) - Level 123

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