Japanese Verb Conjugation Past Tense

by Buddy Lindsey

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Hopefully you have been following along for the last couple of days with “Understanding u-verbs and ru-verbs” and “Japanese Verb Conjugation Present and Future Tense“. If you haven’t please read both of them as they will help this one make a bit more sense. With that being said lets just jump right it and get our feet wet.

ru-verbs

We are going to start with ru-verbs first. Doing this conjugation is just like with present and future tenses, but instead of using ます for affirmative and ません for negative you use ました for affirmative past tense and ませんでした for past tense negative.

  • ました
  • ませんでした

でかけ

  • でかけました
  • でかけませんでした

  • ました
  • ませんでした

u-verbs

For u-verbs we have the same thing as prent and future tesnse. Change the last sound to i and add ました or ませんでした. So for som more examples.

  • ました
  • ませんでした

  • ました
  • ませんでした

  • ました
  • ませんでした

irregular verbs

And finally we have our irregular verbs which are basically the same as the u-verbs. Except you move one character in and drop the る. See.
つれて

  • つれてました
  • つれてませんでした

  • ました
  • ませんでした

See very similar to Present and Future tense as long as you know whether it is an u-verb, ru-verb or a irregular verb.

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