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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The verbs omou ‘to think/feel’ and kangaeru ‘to think’ are commonly used to express one’s opinion. Kangaeru expresses opinions resulting from active thinking; e.g. analysis and logical reasoning, and therefore sentences with kangaeru sound more objective. On the other hand, omou expresses opinions that are more intuitive, emotional or subjective.

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