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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. Aug 7, 2011 at 18:46
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    Fair enough. I will correct that part then. Aug 7, 2011 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, 2011 at 15:26
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    @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, 2011 at 21:03
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    @hippietrail: Same as every other 連用形, e.g. 「食べ過ぎる」, etc. Mar 11, 2014 at 1:54

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