In the following sentence what's the function of "して"? 私は日本語を勉強しています。 If I exclude it, does it make sense? 私は日本語を勉強います。


  • Have you tried searching about te-form? If so, please add such attempts onto your question. Otherwise, people might vote to close your question.
    – binom
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 8:51
  • I haven't. An absolute beginner here... I didn't know about te-form of verbs. I read about it after reading your comment. I'm sorry if my question has violated some rules of asking questions on this platform.
    – Zufu
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 9:33
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    して is the te-form conjugation of する which is a verb meaning "to do". To make 'study' a verb you write 勉強する. You can't exclude して because it is part of the verb. Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 4:48

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"I am studying Japanese (now)."


I study Japanese. or I will study Japanese.


This sentence just doesn't make sense.


I know I am 5 years late but for anyone else who sees this in the future, します and しています are variations of 'to do/play' and います is used in sentence structure 'to exist' for people (PLACEにPERSONはいます means 'PERSON is in PLACE')

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