Te-forms and short negatives

Can negative verbs, adjectives and nouns have te-forms? As someone who has wasted a considerable amount of their life watching anime, words like 読まなくて, 面白くなくて, 元気じゃなくて and 学生じゃなくて don’t sound that wrong. Asking this because I just started reading Chapter 12 in the Genki 1 textbook and noticed that it has not taught te-forms for negatives despite having taught short forms ages ago (either that or I forgot). So do they exist? If so, how do you form them?

You’re basically asking if ない has a て form and the answer is yes, as you wrote, it’s なくて

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Thanks for the explanation.

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