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Replacing i with ki?

Postby Nihongo No Gakusei » Mon 06.15.2015 2:31 pm

I've encountered twice now a strange phenomenon wherein the い on a descriptive verb is replaced with き. The place I am seeing this is on http://shingekinokyojin.wikia.com/wiki/Utsukushiki_Zankoku_na_Sekai, the wikia for the anime/manga Attack On Titan. This page has transcribed the lyrics for the credits song that I am trying to understand. I am aware that "美しい" means beautiful, but where did 美しき come from? There's another instance in the line "生命より 壊れやすきもの". I can understand everything in these two lines except this.
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Re: Replacing i with ki?

Postby Ongakuka » Tue 06.16.2015 8:26 am

In Classical Japanese (sometimes used today as in the examples you give for an archaic feel) い adjectives end in し

やすい would be やすし
美しい would be 美し

However, this form is called 終止形, the 'ending form.'

When the adjective is modifying the following word, the adjective ends in き

壊れやすいもの >> 壊れやすきもの
美しい女 >> 美しき女

This form is called 連体形 (continuous body)

I hope that helps.
なぜなら、おまえは・・・・・・人形だ
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Re: Replacing i with ki?

Postby Nihongo No Gakusei » Tue 06.16.2015 10:13 pm

Thanks, it sure does help!
ありがとうございます
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