[JLPT grammar] Why is the nai-form of 会う, 会わない, not 会あない?

Today I am going to share the Q&A quoted from my JLPT N5 course!



Why is the nai-form of 会う, 会わない, not 会あない?
Can you explain?



[My Reply]

You already learned how to turn group1 verbs into nai-form.

u → –anai
行(い)く dictionary-form →行かない nai-form
iku → ikanai
nomu → nomanai
kaku → kakanai

会う is also group1 verb, if you make 会う follow this conjugation, it becomes 会あない, which is hard to pronounce.
So a group1 verbs with う at the end of the dictionary-form are an exception: it changes to わ, not あ.

会(あ) → 会ない meet, see
買(か) → 買ない buy
迷(まよ) → 迷ない lost


I hope my answer helps you.😊


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