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て form desu masu stem

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て form desu masu stem

Postby elieli88 » March 15th, 2016 2:48 pm


Beginner Season 4, Lesson 11 starts to talk about て form. But it only explains conjugated in the dictionary form.
Do you have any lessons that explain how to conjugate て form in the ‘desu masu’ form? I’ve been studying using desu masu form so the dictionary form kind of throws me off.


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Re: て form desu masu stem

Postby jim.schuler » March 17th, 2016 11:38 pm

Simple answer: you don't.

The masu form of a verb is really only used at the end of the sentence; the final verb sets the politeness level for the entire sentence. The て form, meanwhile, is the linking form of the verb. By it's nature, it's not going to be the end of the sentence.

That's not to say you won't see it there. The て form is used as an imperative, but that's because it's assumed that "kudasai" follows it. Which, perhaps is what you want. If you want to make "Tabete" more polite, you say "Tabete kudasai."

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Re: て form desu masu stem

Postby community.japanese » March 22nd, 2016 1:26 am

jim.schuler san,
Thank you for helping elieli88 san,

Eli san,
If you can change the masu form to the dictionary from, it is good.
Please refer to the page below.
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