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日本語の秘密/ The Key to NIHON-GO

by 岸本建夫 [Kishimoto Tatsuo] 1999
OCR/Corr by most.cyak@gmail.com, Oct 2014


Section 3 Verb Conjugations Conform to a Simple Set of Rules

→ The Dictionary Form of All Japanese Verbs
   Ends with a Character From the “u” Column

  Surprisingly, all Japanese verbs, without exception, end with a character from the “u” column. Chinese and European languages don’t even have such wonderfully advanced regularity. Let’s confirm this by looking at the syllabary table.

  What about かく kaku ‘to write’, for example? The final character く (ku) is located in the う column in the ka line. In Roman letters, this is the ‘u’ column. Take a look at some other verbs using the syllabary table.

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