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N5 Lesson 7: 12/13


Want to do

The object of desire can take either the を or が particle


Verb[ます+ くない
Verb[ます+ かった
Verb[ます+ くなかった


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About たい

たい is an auxiliary verb that is used to express things that you would like to do (want). To use たい, it needs to be added to the same conjugation base form of a verb that ます would be attached to.

When using たい, the thing that is 'wanted' can either be marked with , or . The difference in nuance is that something marked with is considered to be wanted more. たい is conjugated in the same way as い-Adjectives, meaning that the negative, past, or past-negative forms may also be used.

たい is only used for expressing things that 'you' want, or repeating information/asking questions about what other people want. It may not be used to make guesses about what other people 'may' want, unless asking them directly.


たい is not used to tell other people that you want them to do something. This is done with ~てほしい.

  • あなた(はん)(つく)たい
    As for you, I want to make dinner. (This can never mean 'I want you to make dinner for me', and is a fairly unnatural sentence)


たい is not usually used when giving invitations (asking someone if they want to do something with you). In these cases ~ませんか is far more natural.

  • アカネ()たい
    Akane, do you want to go too? (Sounds more like a question than an invitation)




    I want to go to Japan.


    Next year, I want to go to Japan.


    I want to eat soon.


    I want to play soccer.


    I want to study grammar.

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たい – Grammar Discussion

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  • MikkaT


    thanks for the explanation.

  • justin.adamson


  • IcyIceBear


    Welcome to the community! You kinda answered your own question.

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