Question about grammar
Posted 23 March 2012 - 20:25
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?
Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:16
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.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:01
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?
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