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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. Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 18:46
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    Fair enough. I will correct that part then. Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented 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. Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 1:54

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