Day Twenty Eight: Bases

The Other Verbs


As promised here is a little more information on the Bases. This is by no means a comprehensive listing of the things the bases can do, particularly Base Te. However, this should give you a little bit of an edge when you are creating your own sentences.


Base 1: Exclamative. Often, you will hear someone say a Base 1 verb in a sharp and/or abrupt way. 

Base 2: When changed into this base, the verb itself can become a noun. (this blew John Sensei's Brain supposedly when he first learned this.) 

Base 3: Plain form. This base is the positive present tense of all verbs. This is also dictionary tense. All verbs are searched in this form. 

Base 4: Command form. This is a very easily confused base. People either think it is more intense than it really is, or less intense than it actually is. For the most part. Base 4 is used in giving short and curt commands. They can be quite rude and should be used carefully. 

Base 5: Let's Verb. Literally this is the way to say let's ____! You can change the verb into this base and literally say 'let's' anything. 

Base Te: This base has a couple of meanings:

 1.) Connecting sentences or clauses; used often to link a clause to another clause in which a reason for the previous clause is given.

 2.) Base Te can also link verbs and adjectives exhaustively like と can do for nouns. 

Base Ta: Past tense. 



Daily Vocabulary

Breathe You almost got it. Two more grammar points after this. But you basically have the 30 challenge done. Heck, if you feel you got this and you don't need a break jump on to the next lesson. 

  1. Tall 
  2. Busy
  3. Long
  4. Shelf
  5. Low 


  1. Onsen – Hot Spring
  2. Ryokan – Japanese
  3. Kanji – Chinese symbol
  4. Genkan – Entryway
  5. Fuuinki – Feeling in the Air
  1. Takai
  2. Isogashii
  3. Nagai
  4. Tane
  5. Hikui



  1. たかい
  2. いそがしい
  3. ながい 
  4. たね
  5. ひくい


  1. おんせん
  2. りょかん
  3. かんじ
  4. げんかん
  5. ふいんき 

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