JLPT N5 Grammar: Japanese transitive and intransitive verbs

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This month, we are going to go over some tricky little types of verbs – transitive and intransitive. In English, you can usually use the same verb with an object or without, but in Japanese sometimes you have to use a different verb. For example, take a look at the following English sentences:

I opened the window.
The window opened.

We use the same verb in both sentences, but in Japanese you would need to use two different words in each of the sentences. I explain more in this month’s video:

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Japanese adjectives
Japanese adjectives – past tense
Japanese adjectives – polite past tense
Japanese particle wa
Japanese particle ga
Japanese present tense verbs

Japanese past tense verbs
Other uses of Japanese adjectives
Japanese particle de
Japanese particle ni
Japanese particles mo, to and ya
Japanese particles wo, kara, made, and he
Japanese particles amari, shika, dake
Japanese Particles ka, yo, wa, and ne

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  • DEBANJAN GHOSH October 31, 2014, 6:04 pm

    I am a Japanese Language Teacher from Kolkata, India. I want to know and inform in the class of JLPT about the mistakes.

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