I am new to Japanese and found out that Adjectives can also be used along with verbs in て forms. I came to know that there are two adjectives い-adj and な-adj. い is an adjectival verb. Whereas, な is an adjectival noun.

So, my question is whether な-adjectives also in there て form merged/mix with verbs. Can you give examples please, if possible

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Both i-adjectives and na-adjectives conjugate in Japanese. The conjugation form that allows adjectives to modify verbs (and other adjectives) is called 「連用形{れんようけい}」 ("continuative form").

With na-adjectives, the 連用形 comes in the form 「〇〇」, which means that you only need to change the final 「な」 to a 「に」.

しずか人{ひと} = "a quiet person"

しずか食{た}べる = "to eat quietly"

Fairly simple, isn't it? You can expect to use this rule all your life, too.

元気{げんき}こども = "a vigorous child"

元気生{い}きる = "to live vigorously"

Please remember that there is no such thing as the te-form for na-adjectives. Moreover, even with i-adjectives, it is misleading to say that the te-form modifies verbs. It is again the 連用形 that modifies verbs for i-adjectives as well.

For the 連用形 of an i-adjective, simply change the final 「い」 to a 「く」.

うま歌手{かしゅ} = "a good singer"

うま歌{うた}う = "to sing well"

It is utterly incorrect to say 「うまく歌う」 and I certainly hope you did not learn that it is correct.

高{たか}空{そら} = "high skies"

飛{と}ぶ = "to fly high"

We never say 「高く飛ぶ」.

  • ありがと。I have a grammar book, Complete Grammar by Eriko Sako there it is written that there is a て form. He has given examples as well I'll give a photo by editing the question. It didn't give the example of na adj used as mix of verb. However in that it is stated that we add て in the end. And one more.question, can we use は particle after adjective. I can't think of any situations but if we can, could you please give me examples? Please.
    – APK
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 13:51
  • link here is the Google Drive link. Sorry, the photo wasn't getting below 2 MB. I tried it on 10 different websites
    – APK
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 14:06

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