Example sentence verb conjugation

I don’t read the example sentences very often, but I read this one
from 考える

考えるな!かんじろ

Don’t think. Just feel!

why is 考えるな not 考えない ?

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It’s a casual imperative. 考えない would just be a normal negation.
Other people might be able to explain better.

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It is as @Ornantius says. It is a more forceful / commanding way of saying it.

https://bunpro.jp/grammar_points/66

I don’t often link directly to BunPro, but I think you should be able to freely see their brief breakdown and the more extended reading material they link to.

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You can’t see any BunPro material if you don’t have an account :pensive:

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Crap! I was hoping it was possible to see without being signed in.

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I have an acount(not active). I saw it, and it had 1 example sentence, and the links to the breakdowns.

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Good to know. ^^ I was reading through their subscription options today, and I knew the free accounts can see those limited things. I was hoping anyone could access the info, but I’ll know for next time. :+1:

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As others have noted, the な ending here is a command/imperative, not just a negative. Using the negative alone is just a statement of fact (“I do not think”) as opposed to an instruction (“Don’t think!”).

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Yeah, beginners are usually taught 〜ないで, which is fine, but not as forceful.

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