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N4 Lesson 7: 17/18

(いた)

To do (Humble)

It is more humble than お〜する

Structure

するいたす
+ Verb[ます+ いたす
(1) + [する] Verb + いたす

(1) お, limited to [する]Verbs like: 電話(でんわ)する、勉強(べんきょう)する、散歩(さんぽ)する

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About いたす

いたす, or (いた) as it is often written, is a humble speech う-Verb, which refers to the actions of the speaker (or people within the speakers inner circle, like their company). Similarly to お〜する, いたす means 'to do'.
In the case of する verbs themselves, simply replace する with いたす. For other verbs, add いたす to the ます stem of the verb, while attaching お, or ご to the beginning (depending on whether it is a word of Japanese or Chinese origin).
  • (わたし)たち用意(ようい)いたします
    We will do the preparation.
  • コートこちら(あず)かりいたします
    We will look after your coats here.
  • こちらから連絡(れんらく)いたします
    We will contact you.
Caution
Words that include the kanji (はい) 'to worship', or 'to revere', do not usually require お, ご, or いたす. This is due to the word itself being 'respectful'.
  • (わたし)親戚(しんせき)(てら)拝観(はいけん)する
    I will look at my relatives' temple. (With utmost respect)
  • 先輩(せんぱい)から(かね)拝借(はいしゃく)する
    I will borrow money from my senpai. (With utmost respect)
Fun Fact
いたす is considered to be slightly more humble than お〜する, which means that it will be heard more frequently in advertisements, or being used by company employees.

Examples

  • 案内(あんない)いたします

    I will guide you.

  • (えき)(まえ)()いたします

    I will wait in front of the station.

  • やる()ある(かた)店員(てんいん)として募集(ぼしゅう)いたします

    We are recruiting motivated people for a position of sales clerk!

    The lack of ご here is because this is one of the exceptions to memorize.

  • 品物(しなもの)明日(あした)(おく)りいたします

    We will send the merchandise tomorrow.

  • 荷物(にもつ)()ちいたしましょうか

    Shall I take your baggage?

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いたす – Grammar Discussion

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  • IcyIceBear

    IcyIceBear

    About 5 months ago

    〜ていない is attached to the まだ here to mean “still haven’t done〜” or “in the process of still not doing”

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  • Jl45

    Jl45

    About 5 months ago

    thanks - really appreciate that, dissapointed i missed it

  • Isurandil492

    Isurandil492

    About 3 months ago

    お荷物をお持ちいたしましょうか

    Shall I take your baggage?

    Why is using いたしますか wrong (“Do I take your baggage?”)? Why is using いたしてもいいですか wrong (“Is it okay to take your baggage?”)?

    I would have never guessed いたしましょうか as that implies some kind of “we” doing things.

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