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Why is it おいしかったです and not おいしかったでした? [duplicate]

There are a few other questions related to this, but they do not explain the why of the matter. As I understand it です is present tense while でした is past tense. As such, I would (wrongly) intuit to say ...
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です after some verbs (ほしいです)

I've learned that です means something like the state of being, or close to the "be" verb. Recently I found the following phrase: 犬がほしいです。 Why does it end with です if I am saying that "I ...
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「です」, what is it really? Is my analysis correct?

At an elementary level, often, Japanese learners are taught that です is equivalent to the verb "to be" in English. Typical example: 私は学生です, I am a student. That's fine, after all, it works. And to ...
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How does Japanese grammar think about verb negation?

In a recent comment I claimed that ない was a verb which was the negative form of ある. I was surprised by the reply that "ない is an adjective (or adjective-like auxiliary) anyway, not a form of ある&...
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What is the definition of adjective in Japanese?

In this question When can adjectives be used with the particle "no"? I was taught that "next" in Japanese is a noun. In English, the definition of adjective is "A describing ...
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Why いadjectives imply affirmation

I've heard that you don't have to use だ with いadjectives because it will be redundant since いadjectives already imply affirmation, then there is no need to use だ. And okay, i think i get it, but why… ...
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Most natural way to say "This movie was good" [duplicate]

この映画はよかったです. or この映画はいいでした. My understanding is that they both have the same literal meaning. Is there a subtle difference between them? And, does it sound more natual to use one or the other?
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何も+Verb / Noun (?) / Adj (?)+ない

According to jlptsensei and other sources (google), for the 何も〜ない construct, all of verbs, nouns, and adjectives can be used. But however, from all of the sources and my intuition, I can't find ...
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Confusion on the pedagogy of adjective conjugation and interpretation of helper verbs and adjectives

As a disclaimer, I have read this link, Why does Japanese have two kinds of adjectives? (-i adjectives and -na adjectives) and it could be because it hasn't processed in my brain yet, but I'm not sure ...
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Is 休みたいです more polite than 休みたい?

Is 休みたいです more polite than 休みたい? It is necessary to say です in every "たい" word to sound more polite?
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