Difference between desu and da, dewa arimasen and jyanai

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damkay
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Difference between desu and da, dewa arimasen and jyanai

Post by damkay » Fri 01.07.2011 10:32 am

Ok guys i have learned all hiragana and katakana, for now im learning numbers, time and some vocabulary but i have a problem because i have found two different resources that confuse me, because one of them tells me to use present state of being with DESU, negative with DEWA ARIMASEN, past with: DESHITA, and past negative with: DEWA ARIMASEN DESHITA, BUT the other resource: says PRESENT WITH DA, negative with Jyanai and so on....... IF I WANT TO SAY: it's a cat, just for nouns for now, which one do i use ?????????

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Re: Difference between desu and da, dewa arimasen and jyanai

Post by NileCat » Fri 01.07.2011 12:21 pm

formal/proper/polite/decent vs. casual/blunt/rough
それはネコです ← works in any situation
それはネコだ ← casual/blunt/rough/candid/frank
I personally recommend you to get familiar with the former.

damkay
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Re: Difference between desu and da, dewa arimasen and jyanai

Post by damkay » Sat 01.08.2011 4:42 pm

OOooook that explains A LOT, thxs, or Domo arigatou gozaimasu :) (formal way always better)

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