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Question about grammar

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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?

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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.

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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?

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Yeah, definitely 'sundeimashita'!

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(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.......

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