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.

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What is the difference between ~ていてください and ~ていってください?

a.ゆっくりしていてください b.ゆっくりしていってください What's the difference between these two sentences? How to translate them?
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How to properly express my happiness - しあわせになりました。

So pardon for this being quite a specific question, but I'm trying to communicate this idea in a letter: Looks like you had fun, so I'm glad. Actually I'm finding it difficult to get my Japanese ...
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What's this -れり ending?

I'm really a 初心者 when it comes to Classical Japanese, and I guess that is what I have here... 一日の苦労は一日にて足れり. 【聖】 Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Please, can someone tell me what ...
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Do the adverbial forms of verbs and nouns exist?

I know there are adverbial forms of: adjectives (Adj), 形容詞{けいようし} (連用形{れんようけい} - 早い→早く); adjectival nouns (AdjN), 形容動詞{けいようどうし} (連用形{れんようけい} - 上手だ→上手に). Are there adverbial forms of nouns (名詞{...
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Difference between 折る and 折れる

What's the difference between 折【お】る and 折【お】れる? According to my dictionary, they both mean to break or to fold. When would you use one over the other? These verbs are on the JLPT N4 vocabulary list.
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Use of ことです in this sentence

This is the example sentence: 私の趣味はギターを弾くことです。 My translation - Playing the guitar is my hobby. However, why is it not: '私の趣味はギターを弾きます。’ Basically I don't understand this use of 'ことです'.
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What does the word 「ぶっぱたく」 mean?

A little girl who said the following sentence holding a geta in her hand is angry that officers not allow her and her friends to go inside a place. ひいきしやがるとぶっぱたくぞっ。
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Verb Classification of あげる (to give)

I've been doing some housecleaning for the sake of correct grammatical conjugation, which includes classifying verbs. Jisho.org's top result doesn't have あげる as meaning 'to give' (granted it's ...
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What is the meaning of て-forms in this sentence?

While reading a travel blog I stumbled upon this paragraph: この日は-25℃。寒くて落ち着いて歩いていられません。 In my understanding, 寒くて is a て-form of 寒い, 落ち着いて is a て-form of 落ち着く, and 歩いて is a て-form of 歩く. However, I'...
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What is the meaning of できる in 「影{かげ}がどこにできる」?

The context is the following: 日時計{ひどけい}は太陽{たいよう}の位置{いち}が変{か}わるのを利用{りよう}して、影{かげ}がどこにできるかで時間{じかん}が分{わ}かる時計{とけい}です。 My best guess is that できる takes the meaning of growing, as the place where the ...
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What verb form is “見えたり する” and what does it mean?

I can't find an explanation on the web and I only can guess what it means. The context is this: 幽霊とか見えたりするのか?
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What are the differences between nouns created by renyoukei and the formal noun 「の」?

I have been getting confused with these two ways of creating nouns and been wondering if there's any differences between them. For instance, are the following sentences correct or not? 映画を見に行った。 ...
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Direct objects of motion verbs and help with the difference between を and に

まちをぶらぶらあるく。 English translation: Walk aimlessly through town. I understand that aimlessly walk takes the object town and that’s why we use を, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use に as the town is ...
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Verb conjugations such as 思わん、言えん [duplicate]

I have seen these forms used in manga: 1) いや一概にあほとは言えん 2) そう思わんですか! 3) 入らん人々は... Are these simply the negative forms, or are they something else?
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〜たいと思う — What does this mean?

I'm experiencing a little confusion with the verb form meaning "to want", and am a little confused as to how to say "would like to" instead. In Japanese, are the two meanings combined into the ending 〜...
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What is grammar of strange form of やめる verb like “やめたくなったら”?

I found the word やめたくなったら. I think it's a conditional past form of やめる. Or maybe it's やめた conjugated with なったら (conditional form of なる). But the く in the middle distracts me: I can't find this form in ...
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Differences between 出るand 去る when expressing someone leaving

When expressing "to leave," as in "I left the store," or "I can leave the country," is there a difference in nuance or meaning between the verbs 出る and 去る? まあ、少なくとも、この国を出ることはできるな。 Well, at least ...
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Can the auxiliary verb Vteみる along with Vteいる i.e. Vteみている make the imperfect verb into a perfect verb

I just got a hang of Vteいる form, and was studying Vteみる and I wanted to ask whether, the Vteみる form causes the imperfect verb to become perfect (for that purposes). Background of the concept ている: ...
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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,...
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Can I use て connecting form with ている?

I know I can use て-form to connect verbs (e.g chronological order) and I know I can use ている for repeated action. My question is: can I combine them? For example: 毎日{まいにち}コンビニに行{い}って、 りんごを買{か}っている。 ...
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How does あるのですか work in this gramatically?

A Japanese friend wrote to me: なぜsomethingsomethingに興味あるのですか。 Shouldn't she have used が before ある? Could you just say ありますか instead of あるのですか?
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When I need to say “I develop software” in Japanese which verb is the appropriate one?

I want to say "I develop software" in Japanese so I thought that I should use the verb する. But I can also say "I write software" and use the verb かく. So which of the following ...
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Distinguishing 「話し」 する and 五段 usage

Facts The noun はなし can be written 話 or 話し. In colloquial contexts, you can omit 「を」 from 話{はなし}をする, making it 話{はなし}する. There is also a 五段 verb, 話す{はなす}. The continuative (連用形) form of both 話する and ...
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A question about ~はしない

I do understand what it means, but I want to know if it's mostly used from 1st person perspective because in many examples that's how it translated. "I will never/There is no way I..."<-That is how ...
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(noun) + な versus (verb) + な

Actually, I want I'm figuring out a specific sentence, which is 「暇なので相手して。」And I thought that it means "I am bored because of my companion." 暇 [hima] - "leisure" / "fun" な [na] - Negative imperative. ...
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How is し used as a verb in this sentence?

I found these two sentences in "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" under に(purpose): 学生が質問をしに来た。 A student came to ask questions. そこへ何をしに行くんですか。For what are you going there? When I ...
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Usage of ある with animate things [duplicate]

I was going through some other uses of the verb ある and then, I came across the use of ある with animate object. Following are the statements of the book which I am referring to. If we indicate the ...
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Why does this sentence have 帰って来なさい?

In A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar in the ~nasai section it has this example sentence: "早くうちに帰って来なさいよ。" with translation "Come home early, OK?". I'm aware of the general difference between 帰る ...
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Verb past tense [duplicate]

Why do some past tense ru verbs conjugate with た(食べた) and others with った(帰った)?
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is “koesou” some conjugation form of the verb koeru?

is "koesou" some conjugation form of the verb koeru? If so, which one? I can't find it in this conjugation table for japanese verbs conjugation of japanese verb koeru

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