I'm trying to put together a chart for myself, to learn the rules for verb conjugation. However, I'm confused at the "Imperfective" and "Perfective" verb conjugations - aren't they just informal versions of the "Masu" verb forms? To my understanding, the "masu" verb forms are polite ways to say something is either happening or will happen - just like the "Imperfective" verbs(Which appear to just be the dictionary forms?)
- For example, "Tabemasu" vs "Taberu" - both mean that something is either being eaten or will be eaten.
Likewise, the "mashita" verb forms indicate that something has already happened - just like the "perfective" verb forms.
- For example, "Tabemashita" vs "Tabeta" - both mean something has been eaten?