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Efrat120Saturday 16th of April 2005 03:33:17 PM
shitsumon ga arimasu - Shitsumon ga arimasu...
"~masu" to "n' desu" wa onaji desu ka?
tatoeba:
Ikimasu --> Iku'n desu

arigatou!
lowenguardSaturday 16th of April 2005 03:54:35 PM
- Hey Efrat,

ikimasu and iku have the same meaning (=to go), but differ in politeness.
"no desu (-n desu)" denotes that you're giving a reason, giving some information that the other didn't know.
"no desu" always goes with the short form of the verb, so, "iku'n desu" is good, while "ikimasu no desu" is wrong.

This is how I learnt it while I was in Japan for one year.
Correct me if I am wrong...
PsyMonday 18th of April 2005 10:07:04 AM
- Pretty much the same as I learned it. From what I've read it's friendlier but no less polite. Here's one way I've seen them contrasted:

ikimasu "I will go."
Iku no desu "I'm going, y'know."