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Is there such thing as a subjectless sentence?

tl;dr: You don't have to explicitly specify the subject in a Japanese sentence. The subject is still there, implied. In fact, explicitly specifying the subject or topic yields a different emphasis. When someone asks you: 図書館に行きますか。 としょかんにいきますか。 toshokan ni ikimasu ka....

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Verb groupings: why I only like this one…

tl;dr: It may be a bit pedantic, but I like classifying verbs as "godan" ("group 1"), "ichidan" ("group 2") or "irregular" ("group 3"). Some textbooks use the names "u-verbs" and "ru-verbs", which can either help or confuse you. I've read multiple Japanese textbooks...

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Answering questions minimally

tl;dr: When someone asks a question, pay attention to the end of the question. When responding, reuse the verb from the question. Information toward the beginning of the question can be retained or dropped depending on what information should be highlighted. When I...

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Conjugate verbs to all forms easily

Conjugating Japanese verbs is actually pretty straightforward. We can conjugate any verb by following the rules for a particular conjugated form that we want. There are some exceptions that we will have to memorize but there are a lot less of these exceptions when...

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