Verb Course

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Verb Course

Wish Form

In this lesson,I will teach you how to convert Japanese verbs to Wish Form.


What Does Wish Form Mean?

Wish form means “I want to…”.

For example, あなたにいたい means “I want to meet you”.

How to change Japanese verbs to Wish Form?

Verb TypeHow to convert?
type-one verbchange the u-hiragana to i-hiragana and add たい in the end. 

Example:
う→いたい(Meaning: to meet→I want to meet)
type-two verbchange the る in the end to たい.

Example:
べる→べたい(Meaning: to eat→I want to eat)
type-three verbchange the する in the end to したい.

Example:
べんきょうする→べんきょうしたい(Meaning: to learn→I want to learn)
irregular verbる→たい(Meaning: to come→I want to come)

する→したい(Meaning: to do→I want to do)

Note:

FormHow to convert?
Negative Wish Formchange たい to たくない

Examples:
いたい→いたくない
食べたい→食べたくない
勉強したい→勉強したくない
Past Tense Wish Formchange たい to たかった

Examples:
いたい→いたかった
べたい→べたかった
べんきょうしたい→べんきょうしたかった
Negative Past Tense Wish Formchange たい to たくなかった

Examples:
いたい→いたくなかった
べたい→べたくなかった
べんきょうしたい→べんきょうしたくなかった

Examples:

ExampleReadingWish Form
会うあう会いたい
行くいく行きたい
嗅ぐかぐ嗅ぎたい
押すおす押したい
打つうつ打ちたい
死ぬしぬ死にたい
呼ぶよぶ呼びたい
飲むのむ飲みたい
やるやるやりたい
食べるたべる食べたい
勉強するべんきょうする勉強したい
するするしたい
来るくる来(き)たい

Example Sentences:

わたしなかさんにたいです。
I want to meet Mr.Tanaka.

わたしにくたいです。
I want to eat meat.

わたしえいべんきょうたいです。
I want to learn English.

わたし学校がっこうたいです。
I want to go to school.

わたし俳優はいゆうになりたいです。
I want to be an actor.
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11 thoughts on “Wish Form

  1. You have the same note for Negative Form and Past Tense Form twice here (also, is it possible to show the Negative Past Tense Form?)

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      Done!

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  2. Um sorry but the Negative and Past tense form are still the same..

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      fixed!

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  3. あの、すみません… what’s the difference if you use, ~たくて rather than ~たい?

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      たくて can attach some grammar rules to add different meanings. For example, やりたくてしょうがない(I want to do it very much.)
      たい can’t attach grammar rules like たくて。

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  4. Just a curious question: is it okay to drop the ~です in spoken Japanese?
    Also, Merry Christmas, thank you for creating this site! I’ve been learning a lot here compared to other websites that I tried before. Please stay safe, I wish I could support you with money, but I don’t have that yet. . .でもありがとうございます

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      Merry Christmas! Yes, you can drop です!

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  5. Good day! I have a question, I see that you use “に” on some examples. Is it interchangeable with “が” since according to its function 2, “it expresses what you want to do”? tyia

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      に is used to mark the destination or object here. You can’t use が here.

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  6. Hello,

    Is it correct to generalize this conjugation to be the polite form but change “ます” to “たい”/”したい”?

    Thank you!

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