The term ぜひ (
zehi) means certainly, absolutely or by all means and it is generally considered an adverb, used in combination with a verb.
In this post we learn more about the meaning of ぜひ, how it is formed, and when ぜひ is used through real example sentences.
How ぜひ is formed
The term ぜひ can also be transcibed in kanji:
zehi, interesting word formed by
- 是 kanji of the demonstrative series of これ
kore: this, just so
- 非 means fault, error, mistake
We can use the two transcriptions, but there is a slight difference:
- ぜひ in hiragana is considered as an adverb
- 是非 in kanji is a noun
是非 in a Japanese definition:
Right and Wrong.
How and when ぜひ is used
ぜひ is often used with the て form of the verb and ください, the imperative mood of the verb くださる that means to give.
It is used when giving advice, suggestions or when inviting a person to do something.
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Synonyms of 是非 are どうぞ dōzo, どうか dōka, くれぐれも kureguremo
是非する: argue, judge
是非 combined with する (make, do) means to argue about whether things are right or wrong, with the meaning of judge.
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We find the て form and ください, for requests or invitations in a polite way.
May I use your dictionary?
If you see him, would you give us a call?
Zehi and recommendations
We can use ぜひ in everyday conversation, in business conversations and in e-mails, when we want to say: Please, do.
We use this expression in particular when we are recommending someone to do something.
Please go to that restaurant over there.
This expression can also be translated as you should do or you had better to do.
In this kind of sentences, we recommend and suggest someone to do something.
You should watch that movie.
I recommend that you try the food.
お勧めする o-susume suru in a polite form or 勧める susumeru in the dictionary form is the verb meaning to suggest.
I would love to
ぜひ in a conversational context has the meaning of I'l love to, I'd like to. When a person asks something using ませんか, the answer often contains the structure : 「是非！（～したい）」.
Would you like to go to the cinema?
Sure, I'd love to.
Zehi and Keigo, the honorific language
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Examples of ぜひ
I would love to see your drawing.
The term 是非とも zehitomo is used to give more emphasis to what is stated.
We would love you to attend our wedding.
My boss asked me to come to today's get-together by all means.
By all means, let's talk.