Sentences and sentence patterns

Authored by: Naomi H. McGloin , Mutsuko Endo Hudson , Fumiko Nazikian , Tomomi Kakegawa

Modern Japanese Grammar

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415571999
eBook ISBN: 9780203856628
Adobe ISBN: 9781135151393


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Informal style sentences end with the main predicate in plain form, while in formal style sentences, the main predicate is in polite form. All predicates in Japanese have both a plain form and a polite form. (See 6.2 regarding how they are used.) The following illustrates sentences with predicates in plain and polite nonpast affirmative forms.

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