Skip to main content

Questions tagged [verbs]

動詞. A class of words which describe events or states and can be inflected to indicate tense, aspect, voice, and so forth. In citation form, all Modern Japanese verbs end in -(r)u.

34 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
16 votes
0 answers
1k views

Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】

This is somewhat related to the discussion of classical auxiliary verb ふ, mentioned in the answer to snailboat's question, What is the わ in 忌まわしい and 嘆かわしい?. Another apparent iterative / repetitive ...
Eiríkr Útlendi's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
273 views

Can the か particle change the pitch accent of verbs?

Consider the Heiban verb やる. According to a video on Japanese verb pitch accent rules, Heiban verbs with no downsteps remain Heiban when conjugated to their negative form. Prosody confirms this rule ...
George's user avatar
  • 2,908
3 votes
0 answers
283 views

Semantic classification of verbs

Lately, I've been spending a lot of focus in how to translate certain verbs in the form ~ている. Mostly comes from the fact that, depending on the verb, it can have a meaning of prolonged action (e.g. ...
Jak's user avatar
  • 937
2 votes
0 answers
169 views

What are the differences between ~といわれている, ~とされている and ~と考えられている?

I understand that these verbs related to expressing a certain belief or viewpoint. I frequently confuse the three. From what I can understand the meanings are: ~といわれている Repeating or reporting on ...
Ambo100's user avatar
  • 909
2 votes
0 answers
197 views

です vs ありますwhat is the difference between the two? Can they ever be interchangeable?

Q: 日本語の授業は毎日ありますか。一日に何時間ですか。 A: 日本語の授業は毎日あります。一日に二時間あります。 I have questions about the difference between “です” and “あります” regarding the above sentences taken from my textbook. Why is that “です” was used ...
user112563's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
582 views

When is it okay to not use desu?

I've been looking around for this, but all I can find is pretty basic stuff about desu. I've studied Japanese, but writing texts in Japanese still stumps me sometimes. Right now I'm wondering about ...
SleepyDwagon's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
111 views

What is the meaning of はった when modifying a noun?

I found the following sample sentence in an Anki deck: 食い意地のはった少年は料理を全部たいらげた。 The greedy little child ate all the food. I am wondering what the function of はった is here. The meaning of the ...
kandyman's user avatar
  • 11.6k
1 vote
1 answer
103 views

Is the sentence, "あなたはこれを望んでいた。" grammatically correct?

I am a beginner in learning japanese and I've seen many different takes on grammar and where to place verbs, subjects, etc. I know it's a subject-object-verb language and I want to be sure I have the ...
amia's user avatar
  • 11
1 vote
0 answers
128 views

Please explain the meaning of 作り

In Tobira Chapter 13 Grammar; one of the examples is 彼は20代で会社を作り、30代で、大金持ちになった。 What is 作り? What is the form of this verb? I cannot find anything on the web. It is a infinitive form of 作る? How can you ...
joan doe's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
203 views

Meaning of 繋ぎ合う

I'm currently translating the Japanese versions of some Final Fantasy songs. I found the compound verb "繋ぎ合えた" in the song "Yakusoku no Basho" from FFXIII-2 as a relative clause, ...
A.T.A.'s user avatar
  • 105
1 vote
0 answers
176 views

What does てもらえたら嬉しいmean?

僕の漫画がたくさんの人に楽しんで読んでもらえたら嬉しいです。 I know 楽しんで読む means “to read with pleasure”, but I’m not sure about もらえたら嬉しいです. I’ve interpreted it as a grammar constitution that means “I’ll be glad/happy if you ...
Stefania Ogun's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
88 views

Nuance of 在る for a person in this song

In the song "my code" by GARNiDELiA, there're these two lines: 噛{か}み締{し}めた痛{いた}みも 消{け}せない傷跡{きずあと}も 私{わたし}が私として在{あ}るために I understand what the second line means, and I've read other posts on ...
OtheJared's user avatar
  • 913
1 vote
0 answers
102 views

(Passive) verbs and nouns

I have question regarding the use of verbs as "adjectives" for nouns. When should I use the passive form of the verb? When should I use the standard form of the verb? For example, when ...
Alejandro Núñez Valdés's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
119 views

Why are there so many カ行、サ行、ラ行五段活用 verbs?

If you go into a dictionary like Weblio, and you look through their list of verbs, you'll see that each of the consonant 行s of 五段 are in separate categories. However, there are a ton of カ行、サ行、ラ行 verbs,...
LittleWhole's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
162 views

explanation verbs form 座る 座って 座り

Hi may I ask for explanation of the following, I read here form verb 座る (sit) and polite form 掛ける for form Please sit down there is this forms 座る -> 座れ (very rude) -> 座って (better form) -> 座ってください (...
user34609's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
109 views

Don't understand meaning of verb stem + ちぎれない

I'm playing a game and looking at an item description. But for the life of me I cannot find out what grammar concept is behind the bold portion of the description. I know the verb being used is 噛む (...
Tylersanzura's user avatar
  • 2,062
1 vote
0 answers
175 views

Making adverb form of verb + なります

I was reading an NHK article and came across this line: お金{かね}を払{はら}うとき「キャッシュレス」を利用{りよう}する人{ひと}が増{ふ}えて、現金{げんきん}をあまり使{つか}わなくなっているためです。 It comes after a line that says "This is the first time the ...
katatahito's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
221 views

How would you apologise for not inviting someone to an event?

In English I would say something along the line of 'Sorry! I forgot to invite you to the party'. This would be in conversation to a friend. How would this translate to Japanese? Edit (First post to ...
Oscar Lingard's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
56 views

How do you negate っこない

I don understand how to negate the grammar point of っこない I get that you put the verb in the ますstem before っこない Like in the example 泳げっこない --> There is no way I can swim But what if I've always been ...
Nyhiko's user avatar
  • 87
0 votes
0 answers
49 views

Conjugating Vされる, Vさせる form: just treat as ichidan?

Is it gramatically correct to treat causative, passive, and causative-passive forms of verbs as ichidan る ending verbs when negating them or creating their past tense?
Cassius Bright's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
82 views

Verbs that cannot be taken as nouns in their い-stem (ます-stem)

I know that one of the ways of getting a noun from a verb is by taking the い-stem (or the ます-stem as some call it) of the verb. However I came across this: Taken from here, where it says that there ...
Uri Greenberg's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
117 views

The use of は and も with non-する verbs

When using a する verb, it seems very intuitive to used は and も to add nuance to a statement. 起床はしたんだけれど、まだ寝ボケだった for example. Or something like 確認もしたのにやっぱり誤り見逃した. To my understanding, は and も can be ...
Lucas's user avatar
  • 406
0 votes
0 answers
214 views

Is there any pattern to tell which verb of the two is transitive and which is intransitive?

Let me first explain what I mean. Take these two pairs for example: 付く、付ける (the first one is intransitive, the second one is transitive) 抜く、抜ける (the first one is transitive, the second on is ...
Vladimir's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
82 views

How does the て form work here?

So I've been told that when you use the て form of verbs in a sentence, the last verb is the one that tells you in what tense the sentence is, but I found this sentence: 目を合わせて逸らさない、というのはそれで真摯に見える。...
Alejandro Núñez Valdés's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
56 views

Could anyone explain the grammatical structure of a sentence 僕の螺旋 ただならぬ手を繋ごうとしてる

Trying to understand the lyrics of Granrodeo song 君に One Way Love, I'm struggling to grasp how 僕の螺旋 ただならぬ手を繋ごうとしてる can mean "my spiral has my hands all tied up" (translation i found here ...
Yulia Sarzhan's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
231 views

The difference between の中で vs の中から

This comes from a previous previous question with what I find to be a confusing explanation. Generally, の中で is presented in all of the English language resources I could find to be an atomic thing ...
MegaZeroX's user avatar
  • 1,808
0 votes
0 answers
120 views

The uses of verb + ん apart from simple negation

醜い浮世を 意地で生きるぞ 汗水たらし 身を削り ありつかん 尊くも儚き飯 Full lyrics here. This ugly world you need willpower to survive in; drenched in sweat and with lots of effort, that precious and fleeting meal is in sight ...
Boolicious's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
91 views

I'm having trouble understanding what "開き直った、とも言いますが" means

I wish I could formulate this question in a better way because there's a million people on here who have posted similar "don't know what this means, please tell me" and I don't mean this to be low ...
benmartin93's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
175 views

Sleeping verbs and まで vs までに

So I was wondering, pretty much all of the sleep related verbs switch meaning with まで and までに. Was it always like that? Or was there a time when 8時まで寝る meant "going to bed at 8"? Or take the even ...
sollniss's user avatar
  • 113
0 votes
1 answer
330 views

Transitive, Intransitive and Potential Verbs

Do all tadoshi verbs have a jidoushi verb to pair with?  How do you differentiate volitional and non-volitional form verbs? Do we categorise them like we do for jidoshi (intransitive form) eg. Action ...
littlechicken's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
803 views

Do stative (as opposed to eventive) predicates have an object which is marked by が?

Do stative (as opposed to eventive) predicates have an object which is marked by が? I'm just curious to see what other people actually think, and to hear of any sources where this may be analysed ...
Iñigo Rivera's user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
105 views

What is the difference between「働かせる」and 「使う」?

What is the difference between the two sentences? 「その特のなぞを解くに、自分の頭を働かせた。」 「その特のなぞを解くに、自分の頭を使った。」
user29302's user avatar
-2 votes
1 answer
664 views

How do you say " 14 days left and will finish the vacation "?

I'm a little bit confused , I tried to find a good answer of how to say 2 days left +verb like 2 days left and will start dieting or 2 minutes left and will be ready or 14 days left and will ...
DEBUMEN's user avatar
  • 11
-2 votes
1 answer
1k views

Difference between aruku, arukimasu and arukimasen and such

Kinda new to this and i'm confused regarding verb variations such as this. From what I understand aruku and arukimasu are the same just the latter is more polite while arukimasen is more the opposite ...
Ereuas's user avatar
  • 1