ぜひ (zehi) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

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Updated on 23 January 2023

ぜひ (zehi) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

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
  • ()() in kanji is a noun

()() in a Japanese definition:

()()(ただ)しいことと(ただ)しくないこと。

Right and Wrong.

ぜひ+verb in て form
ぜひ+honorific expressions

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.

()()()(した)さい。

Please have a look.

Synonyms of ()() are どうぞ dōzo, どうか dōka, くれぐれも kureguremo

()()する: argue, judge

()() combined with する (make, do) means to argue about whether things are right or wrong, with the meaning of judge.

Please do

()()日本(にほん)()てください!

Please do come to Japan!

We find the て form and ください, for requests or invitations in a polite way.

A

あなたの()(しょ)使(つか)っていいですか。

May I use your dictionary?

B

()()、どうぞ。

Please do.

もし()かけたら、()()(でん)()してください。

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.

()()あそこのレストランに()ってみて(くだ)さい。

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.

()()その(えい)()()(くだ)さい。

You should watch that movie.

()()その()(もの)をトライしてみて(くだ)さい。

I recommend that you try the food.

(すす)めする o-susume suru in a polite form or (すす)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 : ()()!(~したい)」.

A

(えい)()(かん)()きませんか。

Would you like to go to the cinema?

B

()()()きたい!

Sure, I'd love to.

Zehi and Keigo, the honorific language

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Examples of ぜひ

あなたの(えが)いた()()()とも(はい)(けん)したい。

I would love to see your drawing.

The term ()()とも zehitomo is used to give more emphasis to what is stated.

ぜひ(わたし)たちの結婚(けっこん)(しき)出席(しゅっせき)してほしい。

We would love you to attend our wedding.

今日(きょう)(こん)(しん)(かい)には()()()てくれと(じょう)()(たの)まれてしまった。

My boss asked me to come to today's get-together by all means.

()()(はな)しましょう。

By all means, let's talk.

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