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Easy to... ~やすい

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It's easy to add "easy to" to verbs!  Consider the following verbs in the masu form:

たべ ます tabe masu [to eat] Arrow たべ やすい tabe yasui [easy to eat]

Did you see that?  If you know the -masu form of the verb, you can easily drop the -masu and add a yasui.  

わかり ます wakari masu [to understand] Arrow わかり やすい wakari yasui [easy to understand]

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Polite form?

For the polite form of -やすい and -にくい, do we have to add -です after?

That's correct

やすい and にくい are just i-adjectives, albeit supplemental i-adjectives (by 'supplemental' I mean they act as modifying suffixes to a stem.)

As such, they take です in the polite form, do -not- take だ in the plain form, and in all other ways follow the rules of i-adjectives.


When do we use Kantan which i presume means EASY.


I'm pretty sure you use it when you aren't being specific or if you're not using a verb. Like 簡単だよ! "That's Easy!"

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