Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: VerbsMystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Verbs by mystichuntress
This lesson will teach you how to convert between the different forms of verbs in Japanese and how to tell them apart.
There are 3 distinct groups of verbs in Japanese: the いちだん (ichidan) verbs, ごだん (godan) verbs and irregular verbs. The いちだん verbs are also known as "iru/eru" verbs because when they are in their plain forms, they end with an "iru/eru" sound. HOWEVER this does not mean that all verbs that end in "iru/eru" are いちだん verbs. The ごだん verbs are also known as "u" verbs because they change into the polite form by dropping the "u" and adding "imasu". Because I am lazy, for the rest of the lesson, I shall refer to いちだん vebs as "iru/eru" verbs and ごだん verbs as "u" verbs.
Iru/eru-verbs are so called いちだん ve
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Use of te-formMystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Use of te-form by mystichuntress
Uses of the て-form of verbs
As I have mentioned, there are many uses of the て-form. In this lesson, I will only cover a handful of them. Other uses will appear in their own lesson. Right now, I will cover the more basic ones.
Asking and giving permission
Telling someone what they can and can't do
By putting verbs in their て-form and stringing the sentence together, you get the equivalent of adding commas or "and" between each sentence.
Take all the sentences, save the last, and put the final verb into the て-form. Don't worry about the tense - because in Japanese, the tense of the sentence is determined by the final verb.
I wake up at 6am. I eat breakfast. I go to school.
ごぜん 六じに おき