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 はん しっかり      
Eat (your food) well.
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もう   から        
It's already late, so hurry up and go to bed.
16
               
Brush your teeth before you go out to play.
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 だけ じゃなくて             
Eat all your vegetables, not just the meat.
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           しなさい  
Please clean your room before you head out.

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Construction
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Dict. Form
Conjugated
げる
げなさい
しなさい
いなさい
きなさい
くる
きなさい
になさい
Dict. Form
Conjugated
りなさい
ちなさい
びなさい
みなさい
そぐ
そぎなさい
する
しなさい
Notes
Usually used by teachers towards students, and parents towards children.
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The shortened form of なさい (な) can be used between very close friends, although it might sound like you consider yourself smarter and wiser when you use it since it's generally used by teachers and parents. Be careful not to confuse it with the prohibitive form, especially with phrases like "やんな," which could either mean "do it" or "don't do it."
3 years ago
avatar guest
5

I was just about to write the same usage note after I saw the discussion on the prohibitive な but beat me to it by 3+ years :D

Just to clarify the above:
ねるな!Don't sleep! / Don't fall asleep!
ねな! Go to sleep / Please sleep
やるな!Don't do it!
やりな!Please do it.
10 years ago
avatar emmy - Level 3
10

なさい is quite often shortened to な. Be careful not to confuse it with the negative imperative (prohibitive) form [seen here: http://www.renshuu.org/index.php?page=grammar/individual&id=74] which is the infinitive + な whereas なさい comes after a verb stem.
13 years ago
avatar 宮本勝利 - Level 1

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