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A little Sentence structure help?

Postby kevincole93 » Sun 09.25.2005 6:07 am

I was wondering, when forming a sentence should Adjectives and nouns come before or after Verbs? Were I to say "Go eat a fish head" (which i commonly do :p) would i say sakana atama ikimasu tabemasu! or ikimasu tabemasu sakana atama! ? Also a random bit: Is atama the "on the street" word for "You" for some reason i remember it being used for a loved one. If this is true what should I substitute Anata with?

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RE: A little Sentence structure help?

Postby kosan » Sun 09.25.2005 6:31 am

一諸に さかな の 頭 を 食べましょう。
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RE: A little Sentence structure help?

Postby lomagu » Sun 09.25.2005 6:43 am

Adjectives & nouns usually come first (unless your making relative clauses). So, if you want to say, "Go eat a fish head" you could say, 「魚の頭を食べに行って」 (sakana no atama o tabe ni itte).

I don't know about "atama", but here's all kinds of words you can substitute "anata" with. I think there's a link to a bunch of them on this site somewhere...
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RE: A little Sentence structure help?

Postby kevincole93 » Sun 09.25.2005 1:26 pm

Thanks Alot!
Although I have some questions. Lomagu you said "sakana no atama o tabe ni itte" Why do you take the "masu" off the verbs? Also, I should probobly know this, but what does ni itte mean? Thanks For the advice so soon.
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RE: A little Sentence structure help?

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 09.25.2005 9:00 pm

Many japanese verbs can be combined with て or に to form new words.

食べに行く is to go out to eat
食べに行って is the て (command) form.

Unless people are being polite (and even then) people don't often use the ます form in standard conversation.
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