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Is it true that all verbs have a corresponding noun form (which is formed by making the -masu form and removing the -masu)?

Like 遊び and 遊びます 飲み and 飲みます 生き and 生きます 死に and 死にます

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For the most part, yes. There are a few outliers that don't though. Most 尊敬語 and 謙譲語 verbs don't form nouns with their 連用形. And some 連用形, such as 「なり」, are specialized almost to the point of uselessness.

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It is incorrect to say that most 尊敬語 and 謙譲語 verbs do not have 連用形. They always have 連用形, but their 連用形 are rarely used as nouns. – Tsuyoshi Ito Aug 7 '11 at 18:46
Fair enough. I will correct that part then. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 7 '11 at 18:47
heys thanks for the answer =P btw i'd just realised the -masu form of 食べる without the ます (i.e. 食べ) is not a word? – Pacerier Aug 8 '11 at 15:26
@Ignacio ok thx, btw just curious.. if 食べ is not the noun form of 食べる then what is the noun form of 食べる ? – Pacerier Aug 8 '11 at 21:03
@hippietrail: Same as every other 連用形, e.g. 「食べ過ぎる」, etc. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 11 '14 at 1:54

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