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A Closer look at を

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Pronounced o but written in Japanese as wo. Simply put, を is the 'direct object marker or particle' which indicates the previous word is the direct object. There are cases when the English would not consider it a direct object, though. Learn some examples and give it a try. This particle is one of the easier ones...

watashi wa ringo o tabemashita.
I ate an apple. (apple is the を)

o kikitai desu.
I want to listen to music. (music is the を)

o kau tsumori desu .
I intend to buy a TV. (tsumori means'intend to'; TV is the を)

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in these sentences is desu

in these sentences is desu required, or is it formal/polite?