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15. Absolute Beginner #15 - Conjugating Formal Verbs in Japanese


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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

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Aidanさん、
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Soudesuka.
Wakarimashita.
Yuki  由紀
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avatar Aidan

arimasen deshita :sunglasses:

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Bianca さん、
Konnichiwa.
That is まちます.
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avatar Bianca

Hello. I am using a Japanese language book called Genki and it teaches us the dictionary form first. Does まつ turn into まします?and いる becomes います?

ありがりがとうございます!:)

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Farebury さん、
Konnichiwa.
“Don’t drink alcohol”means “さけをのまないでください”.
“I won’t drink alcohol”means “さけをのみません”.
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avatar Farebury

if i was going to say dont drink alchol or i wont drink alchol would it be “わたしさけのいますん”?

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Guido-san

Glad you think so :smile:
Thank you!!

Nanatsu(菜々津)
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avatar Guido

こんばんは菜々津さん。

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity! :) :) :)

Sometimes I am a bit afraid that making slightly off-topic questions could be “not proper” and “not fair” and sometimes I am worried about some questions being a little bit too “daring” for my current proficiency of Japanese (and this question was one of those…), but submitting comments for me is a way to “keep focus” on my quest and so sometimes I have some curiosity that strikes me suddenly while I am studying this or that topic…

…however…sure…if I have more questions, I’ll ask them, thanks! Really! :) :) :)

どもありがとぅございます。

グイド

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こんにちはグイドさん。

A lot of people believe “desu” came from “de gozaimasu” and is an informal version of “de gozaimasu”. However, “desu” is just a formal version of “da”. Not related with “~de gozaimasu”.

In meaning wise, “de gozaimasu” is truly more polite than “desu” , but words that come before are different. You can’t combine with the same conjugated form for example,
You can say たかいです Takai desu.
But you can’t say たかいでございます Takai de gozaimasu.
because ”de gozaimasu” has to come after continuetive form. So you have to change it to たかくございます。or たこうございます。(たかく and たこう is a continuetive form of たかい)

Sorry for my poor explanation. Could you let me know if you have more questions?

Thank you.
Nanatsu (菜々津)
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avatar Guido

こんばんは

The more I study Japanese the more I like it! :) :) :)

About verbs, I’ve read on Internet, but having found little support for this in linguistic sources (at least on Google), I was wondering if it’s correct:

Is “desu” truly a contraption of “de gozaimasu”? :-?

In truth what I’ve found is that “de gozaru” = archaic form of “de gozaimasu” and that “desu” could be derived from “de gozarimasu” from which “gozaimasu” and “de gozaimasu” also derived…but this information comes just from one linguistic source (on a forum) and many non-linguistic sources, so I was wondering if was wrong or inaccurate… :flushed:

どもありがとぅございます。

グイド