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one more noobish question... (gomen...)

Postby Edvent » Sun 01.22.2006 4:45 pm

Hi again

sry I have to bother you once again with a beginner question but i just realized I don't know the plain past form of verbs.
Well:

teberu - to eat (plain)
tabemasu - to eat (polite)
tabemashita - I ate (polite)

But what's "I ate" in plain past?
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Postby GyakuGirePanda » Sun 01.22.2006 4:51 pm

tabeta
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Postby Superflat Monogram » Sun 01.22.2006 4:54 pm

i would use "Ta" form here. "Tabeta" (dont know if its necessary to add imasu at the end of it though, im not sure) Im sure tabeta will suffice anyway.
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Postby sgtkwol » Sun 01.22.2006 4:58 pm

wouldn't adding imasu take the plain form to a a level of politeness lower than tabemashita but higher than tebeta?
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Postby Superflat Monogram » Sun 01.22.2006 5:10 pm

not sure what level of politeness adding imasu will do, but i think it makes it a formal statement regardless. Therefore i'd forget adding imasu making it informal.
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Postby richvh » Sun 01.22.2006 6:15 pm

I think you are thinking of "tabete imasu", which isn't a past form at all (it's equivalent to "I am eating".) "Tabeta imasu" isn't grammatically correct.
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Postby Superflat Monogram » Sun 01.22.2006 7:39 pm

richvh wrote:
I think you are thinking of "tabete imasu", which isn't a past form at all (it's equivalent to "I am eating".) "Tabeta imasu" isn't grammatically correct.



I already know that, i just thought it could be added to "ta" form of verbs. Thanks for the grammatical heads up.
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Postby Milmi » Tue 01.24.2006 4:41 am

Edvent wrote:
teberu - to eat (plain)
tabemasu - to eat (polite)
tabemashita - I ate (polite)
I dunno if this is just a spelling mistake, but the dictionary/plain form is taberu not teberu. And as the other already said, the plain past form is tabeta.
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