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#1 sumofan

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 20:25

Hi all,

I have a question about a translation I saw.


Where do you live?
Anata wa doko ni sunde imasu ka?


I would have expected sumimasu instead of sundeimasu.
why is the 'te' form used here instead of the masu form?

#2 Pandaazuma

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:16

Hello Sumofan...

The te-imasu/te-iru form is used to describe both current states and current actions (the equivalent of the present simple and present continuous in English respectively).

Doko ni sumimasu/sumu? This would actually mean: 'Where WILL you live'? The 'masu' and 'plain' verb forms are usually used for future actions.

Hope this helps.

#3 sumofan

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:01

Thanks that clarifies it.

Does this work for past tense as well? would you use
sundeimashita instead of sumimashita to indicated that once, you lived in a certain place? Or would that depend on the context of the discussion?

#4 Pandaazuma

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:11

Yeah, definitely 'sundeimashita'!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:32

(You are going off-topic...) Idont know whether it was on Sumo talk or twitter but someone once told me,my spelling and grammEr was awful....

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.......
What you lack in experience and knowledge,you more than make up in sheer bloody mindedness)

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