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Japanese verb forms JLPT N5 | Jisho form | Japanese dictionary form + Japanese verb exercises

Japanese verb forms: The biggest difficulty we Westerners have when learning Japanese is that it is a language different from Spanish or English or other Western languages.

But not all the news was going to be bad news for students, as Japanese has a very simple way of working with verbs.

Here are the basic rules that Japanese verbs follow, paying attention is very important:

– Japanese verbs do not have singular/plural conjugation or gender conjugation  such as masculine or feminine.

– Japanese verbs always come at the end of a sentence.

– There are only 2 basic verb tenses: past and present. The end of a future action is indicated by the verb in its present tense.

– There are only 2 irregular verbs and little irregularity in other verbs.

What verb forms exist in Japanese | What are the Japanese verb forms like?

In Japanese there are four basic verb forms which are the “Dictionary Form”,  the “Masu Form”,  the “Nai Form”, and the “Te Form”, with which most actions can be expressed.

In this article we will talk about the “Dictionary Form” and the “Masu Form”.

The Japanese Dictionary Form 辞書形 | What is the Japanese dictionary form like?

The dictionary form is the verb form found in a dictionary. You could say that it is similar to the “infinitive” in Spanish.

The dictionary form always ends in the vowel u. Let’s look at some examples:

買う かう     kau  buy
開くあく akuopen
行くいくikugo
見る みる  mirusee
The dictionary form in Japanese

What are the 3 Japanese verb groups |JLPT N5 Verb List

Japanese verbs are usually classified into three types: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3.

Group 1: Here we find all verbs with the dictionary form ending in one of the following 9 syllables: Within this group are all verbs whose dictionary form ends in one of the following 9 syllables: う (-u), る (-ru), つ (-tsu), く (-ku), ぐ (gu), す (-su), ぬ (nu), む (mu), ぶ (bu).

The most common Japanese verbs in group 1 are:

KANJI HIRAGANA MEANING
会う あう(au)be found at
言う い う (iu)say
売る うる (uru) sell
選ぶ えらぶ (erabu)choose
泳ぐ およぐ (oyogu)swim
遊ぶ あそぶ (asobu)play
急ぐ いそぐ (isogu)hurry up
脱ぐ ぬぐ (nugu)take off your clothes
消す けす (kesu)turn off
乗る のる (noru)ride / climb
買う かう (kau)buy
聞く きく (kiku)listen
読む よむ (yomu)read
座る すわる (suwaru)sit
持つ もつ (motsu)have / carry
待つ まつ (matsu)wait
立つ たつ (tatsu)stand up
書く かく (kaku)write
死ぬ しぬ (shinu)*
El único verbo que acaba en nu
die
歩く あるく (aruku)walk
話す はなす (hanasu)speak
貸す かす (kasu)provide
飲む のむ (nomu)drink
休む やすむ (yasumu)rest
呼ぶ よぶ (yobu)call
Group 1 Japanese verbs ending in u

Group 2: Here we will find verbs with their dictionary form ending in “-iる(-iru )” or “-eる ( -eru)”.

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The most common verbs in group 2 are:

KANJIHIRAGANAMEANING
——- あげる (ageru)gift / give
——-いる (iru)to be / to have
教える おしえる (oshieru)teach
起きる おきる (okiru)get up
借りる かりる (kariru)borrow
食べる たべる (taberu)eat
見る みる (miru)see
Group 2 Japanese verbs ending in iru and eru

However, it should be noted that some of the verbs ending in these endings belong to group 1, they are exceptions. What does it mean that they are an “exception”? It means that despite ending in 〜いる or 〜える they are inflected as group 1 verbs:

For example:

  • 入る (はいる hairuenter
  • 走る (はしる hashirurun
  • 減る (へる herudecrease
  • 知る (しるshiruknow / know how
  • 帰る (かえる kaeruback to
  • 切る (きる kirucut
  • 蹴る (ける kerukick

Group 3: Here we find the “irregular” verbs, but there are only two verbs: 来る (くる kuru) come, する (する suru*) make.

  • In the case of “Suru ” it is usually part of two-word verbs such as 勉強する (benkyoo surustudy o 旅行する (ryokoo surutravel.

Dictionary Form Summary

– Normally verbs ending in -iru or -eru are group 2, as we saw there are exceptions that belong to group 1.

– Group 3 is formed by the verbs “kuru” (to come) and “suru” (to do).

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JAPANESE VERB EXERCISES | INTERACTIVE JAPANESE VERB EXERCISES

Here below this sentence you have the self-correcting interactive exercise online. Click on correct answers, don’t click on send to the teacher, I can’t look at everything you send.

And here you have it:

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INTERACTIVE EXERCISES ON JAPANESE VERBS DICTIONARY FORM OR JISHO FORM

Here below this sentence you have the self-correcting interactive exercise online. Click on correct answers, don’t click on send to the teacher, I can’t look at everything you send.

And here you have it:

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