What is Japanese word for the grammar term "verb base"?
In English language descriptions of the Japanese language verb conjugation for "kau' for example, "ka" is listed as the stem. Base #1 is "wa" to which nai can be added to make ka+wa+nai = kawanai. Base #2 is "i" to which masu can be added to make ka+i+masu = kaimasu. Each base adds a hiragana ending in the sound of "a" for base #1, "i" for base #2, "u" for base #3, "e" for base #4, or "ou" for base #5. My question is; is there a Japanese word for this English term "base". 語幹 (gokan) has been suggested, but I think that refers to the English term "stem", the unchanging part of the verb, in the above system.
Kotae ga areba kanshin shimasu.