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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To seek permission, as in ‘May I come in?,’ ‘Is it OK to come in?,’ ‘Do you mind if I come in?,’ or ‘Let me come in,’ Japanese uses a number of expressions. There are also varying degrees of politeness associated with these expressions. The most common and neutral way of seeking permission is to use V-te mo ii desu ka and its stylistic variations.

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