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Could I drop です out of a sentence? I want to be able to speak more casual Japanese. I just wanted to know if it was possible to drop です out of a sentence. example: これは犬

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    you certainly can do that. but it’s not a sentence. it’s a bit like a russian saying, “i want to speak more casually, how about if i drop ‘is’ from this sentence: ‘this, dog’” – A.Ellett Aug 25 at 17:42
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I mean, it would make sense, but it's like saying in English: "is dog". So it wouldn't be grammatically correct. You can say これは犬だ, or just keep it normal. Also saying it like this isn't really formal, so I'd keep it with これは犬です.

-a native Japanese speaker

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