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中級 日本語 1『〜たがる』

September 11, 2009

preview2In this lesson we’ll talk about another way to express wanting to do something, similar to「〜てほしい」and 「〜たい」.


There are several ways to express ‘wanting to do’ or ‘wishing for’ something. 「〜たい」,「〜てほしい」and even「〜てくる」can express ‘to want’.  Another way of expressing ‘to want’ or rather ‘wanting to’ is using the 五段-verb 「〜たがる」. As seen above, you can form it by using the stem (leave out -masu) of a verb and attaching「〜たがる」, this will add the meaning ‘wanting to’ to a verb.

example: 行きます →  行き(leave out -masu) →  行きたがる(attach 〜たがる) = want to go

Please note that this is not used in 1st person.

That’s all! また今度 ♪

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2010 3:40 pm

    Yes yes, this can be tricky if it is not explained to someone clearly and correctly. There is nothing confusing about your explanation however, and I am sure that anyone else that stumbles upon this site will agree.

    By the way, how do you make the fun images that decorate your site? They are very welcoming.


    • March 22, 2010 1:26 am

      Thanks for the kind words!! Well the clay figures I just use plasticine to make them. The graphics are done in Photoshop and Illustrator. And I also take all the photos. It can be some work sometimes, but I gotta keep the readers happy 🙂

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