Pain or discomfort

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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One’s pain is generally expressed by the adjective itai ‘painful’ or the verb itamu ‘something hurts.’ The adjective itai takes the form of (person) ga/wa (body parts) ga itai. Since itai is an emotive adjective, in its bare form it always indicates the feeling/pain of the first person.

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