Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
Question Forum
-
Classifieds
-
Friends
-
Language Exchange
-
Tutors
-
Schools
-
Member Area

Japan Airlines  SAKITOKU

Home - Question Forum
What does Imasu mean?

ask a new question  -  post a reaction

Dear visitor, if you know the answer to this question,
please post it. Thank you!

Note that this thread has not been updated in a long time, and its content might not be up-to-date anymore.

What does Imasu mean? 2008/1/8 14:20
Like take this for example

onnanohito wa tonde imasu.

That translates to

The girl is jumping up.

but onnanohito is girl
and tonde is jumping up

but what does wa and imasu mean?

wa = is?
imasu = the?

im confused

by Joe  

AK can explain it better but... 2008/1/8 14:34
wa is a particle, indicating who is doing the action, while the imasu is the formal present tense form of iru (rough translation in this sense would be "to be happening"), so the action is currently going on.
by bgalfond rate this post as useful

Just to add 2008/1/8 14:54
Please do not try to match Japanese and English sentences word-by-word, because the Japanese grammar is different from that of English :)

- Onna no hito wa tonde imasu.

tonde imasu = is jumping/flying

It comes from the verb "tobu/tobimasu" ("tobu" is the "u-form," or dictionary form, and "tobimasu" is its "masu-form," or polite form). To express that something is going on right now, you take the "te-form" of the verb, and add "imasu."

The "te-form" of the verb "tobu" is "tonde," so you get "tonde imasu." Words like "imasu" are often called "helping verbs," because they connect to other verbs to express different things.

This "wa" indicates that "onna no hito" is the topic of the sentence, it is often called a "topic marker."

For example,
- Watashi wa AK desu (I am AK).

"watashi" = I
"desu" = be verb (am, is, are, etc.)

by AK rate this post as useful

imasu 2008/1/8 21:02
By itself, it can be used as "there is" for example

neko ga imasu

There is a cat. With this form, the thing that exists must always have a "ga" after it. Imasu in this case is used with living, moving, things. For things that are inanimate "arimasu" is used instead.

hon ga arimasu

There is a book.

by Miyuki rate this post as useful

Imasu Definition 2008/1/13 12:01
Imasu means "To Be" or "Exist" and is used to refer to people and animals, which are obviously alive. The use of Arimasu is used to refer to things that are not alive such as books, rocks or dolls.
by Melissa rate this post as useful

... 2008/1/13 17:23
I just would like to add that when "imasu" is used as the main verb in a sentence, it means "there is/are...," there exist(s)..." when talking about people, animals, etc.

When "imasu" is used as the "helping verb" after te-form of another verb, ("te-form + imasu"), as given in the original poster's question, it means "something is happening" "I am/you are/(s)he is doing something," or in other instances "something has happened," which will come later in grammar books :)

by AK rate this post as useful

reply to this thread

Advertisement

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising