A word for "to want"?

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Cherie061403
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A word for "to want"?

Post by Cherie061403 » Thu 10.13.2005 2:55 pm

How would you ask someone if they want something? Or to say that you want something? Is there a word for to want?

Thanks in advance! ^_^

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RE: A word for "to want"?

Post by skrhgh3b » Thu 10.13.2005 3:12 pm

short answer: there are different words/grammar for different situations that all translate back to "want" in english. there's a pretty good article ( "desire and suggestions" ) at http://www.guidetojapanese.org. i would recommend bookmarking that site too, by the way, because it's an excellent guide to essential grammar.
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RE: A word for "to want"?

Post by Mukade » Fri 10.14.2005 2:27 am

Very basically, however:

If you want an object, you would say-

OBJECT + ga + hosii desu.

飲み物が欲しいです。
nomimono ga hoshii desu.
I want a drink.


If you want to do something -

VERB -MASU STEM + tai desu.

飲みたいです。
nomitai desu.
I want to drink.

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RE: A word for "to want"?

Post by Cherie061403 » Fri 10.14.2005 3:59 pm

Thank you very much! ^_^ That helps!

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