Post Reply Grammar Lesson 1
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Posted 9/8/08 , edited 9/8/08
Ok, I have looked through the forums, and havnt found any threads that go through these thoroughly...so lets get started.

01 : です desu

Ok, all of you learning Japanese, might be wondering 'why is there always a desu at the end of a sentence?' Well, I can teach you about this. =D

Ok, first off, the first thing you need to know about this, is that です desu, means 'is' or the equivalent to the english 'is', second, it always comes at the end of the sentence, nowhere else, lets see some examples:

私はジェイコブです。
watashi wa jeikobu desu.
I am Jacob. (lit. I Jacob is.)

The desu at the end means that I am describing who I am, in this sentence, I would be Jacob. See the desu at the end? Yeah, lets break this down...

watashi - I
jeikobu - Jacob
desu - is

The desu at the end makes the is. So yeah, this is an important part of sentences.

02 - Masu

Masu is like, the to do of the sentence, present tense you would say. So yeah, lets look into some examples:

牛乳を飲みます。
gyuunyuu o nomimasu.
I drink milk. (lit. Milk drink.)

So yeah, the masu of the sentence you see is just the 'do' form after the verb, not to be confused with suru, I will cover that if it hasnt been covered later.

03 - mashita

mashita, this one isnt hard to get, its just the past form of masu, the ta at the end makes this the past tense of the verb, lets look at an example.

牛乳を飲みました。
gyuunyuu o nomimashita.
I drank milk. (lit. Milk drank.)

Its not hard, its just a branch of masu, just think it of the negative of the masu form, making it the past instead of the present, so yeah.

Vocabulary:
私 watashi - I (as in myself, I)
牛乳 gyuunyuu - milk
飲む nomu - to drink

(If I am wrong on any of this please do not hesitate to tell me.)


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MasakiKudo wrote:

Ok, I have looked through the forums, and havnt found any threads that go through these thoroughly...so lets get started.

01 : です desu

Ok, all of you learning Japanese, might be wondering 'why is there always a desu at the end of a sentence?' Well, I can teach you about this. =D

Ok, first off, the first thing you need to know about this, is that です desu, means 'is' or the equivalent to the english 'is', second, it always comes at the end of the sentence, nowhere else, lets see some examples:

私はジェイコブです。
watashi wa jeikobu desu.
I am Jacob. (lit. I Jacob is.)

The desu at the end means that I am describing who I am, in this sentence, I would be Jacob. See the desu at the end? Yeah, lets break this down...

watashi - I
jeikobu - Jacob
desu - is

The desu at the end makes the is. So yeah, this is an important part of sentences.

02 - Masu

Masu is like, the to do of the sentence, present tense you would say. So yeah, lets look into some examples:

牛乳を飲みます。
gyuunyuu o nomimasu.
I drink milk. (lit. Milk drink.)

So yeah, the masu of the sentence you see is just the 'do' form after the verb, not to be confused with suru, I will cover that if it hasnt been covered later.

03 - mashita

mashita, this one isnt hard to get, its just the past form of masu, the ta at the end makes this the past tense of the verb, lets look at an example.

牛乳を飲みました。
gyuunyuu o nomimashita.
I drank milk. (lit. Milk drank.)

Its not hard, its just a branch of masu, just think it of the negative of the masu form, making it the past instead of the present, so yeah.

Vocabulary:
私 watashi - I (as in myself, I)
牛乳 gyuunyuu - milk
飲む nomu - to drink

(If I am wrong on any of this please do not hesitate to tell me.)




thanks for the halp
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No problem, Ill be putting up the next lesson soon so watch out! =D
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