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Difference between -tai verb ending and Verb-mitai

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Difference between -tai verb ending and Verb-mitai

Postby Dave2600 » Fri 11.08.2013 4:39 pm

Hello, I have seen both the verb ending "tai" and the phrase "mitai" used after a verb to express the idea of to want to verb (ex. 見たい or 見てみたい). Is there a deference between these two grammar points and when to use them?
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Re: Difference between -tai verb ending and Verb-mitai

Postby SomeCallMeChris » Mon 11.11.2013 11:20 pm

~てみる means 'to try' as in to see what something is like (as opposed to 'try' as in 'attempt'; there are other terms like 試みる or とする for attempting.)

So 見たい mean 'want to see' and '見てみたい' means 'I want to give seeing it a try'.

Typically, the times you'd use them are different.

富士山を一度見たいです (I want to see Mount Fuji once).
ナルトというアニメを見てみたい (I want to try watching the Anime 'Naruto').
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