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Lesson Code: 263_B129_092806September 28th 2006 / 2006
tonari no mononeighbor
TV personalityToday’s grammar point is the conjugation of Class I verbs to their potential form. To form the potential of
-column, is dropped and replaced with a hiraga-na syllable from the corresponding row’s
-column and the hiragana syllable
. In the case of romaji, just
Dictionary formFinal hiragana syllable
able to meet
able to write
able to swim
able to speak
able to stand
able to die
able to call
able to drink
able to return*Apologies for the grim example, but this is the only modern day verb that ends with
.Conjugated Class I verbs are now treated as Class II verbs, and are conjugated according to Class II rules.
- cannot speak Example sentences:
Watashi wa oyogemasen.
- I can’t swim.