"He wears underwear."


June 13, 2017



Never learned this kanji

June 13, 2017


Yeah! Out of the blue!

June 16, 2017


I actually like that's Duo is throwing the kanji in but out of curiosity, was this during revision/workout for you guys?

July 16, 2017


It was for me

July 16, 2017


It was for me too

September 5, 2017


Me three

September 14, 2017


Me four

September 26, 2017



December 11, 2017


Why is it が here and not は?

August 28, 2017


You can use both. "He wears underwear."



January 19, 2018


But かれ is the topic, right? Why would you use が at all?

June 14, 2019


To give emphasis onto 彼



June 15, 2019


Randomly throws in two new kanji and impolite form out of nowhere wtf

June 29, 2017


There's a formal way to talk about a person's underwear. Ha

July 10, 2017


Can you explain the impolite form? What about this sentence makes it that? To me it just looks like they replaced the kana with the proper kanji, but the meanings are exactly the same. It's not like using です vs だ?

November 28, 2017


On mine it showed up as haku instead of hakimasu.

December 2, 2017


Can somebody explain the impolite form はく instead of はきます?

September 1, 2017


It seems you might be confused. The polite form is derived from the casual/dictionary form, not the other way around.

There are three types of verbs: いちだん verbs, ごだん verbs and irregular verbs like する and くる.

いちだん verbs end in る, e.g. たべる, and are simple to conjugate. To go from casual to polite form, simply drop the る to get the ます stem, then add ます. For example, casual たべる becomes the stem たべ and then polite たべます.

ごだん verbs end with an u kana (e.g. う, く, す, etc.), e.g. はく. Note that some end in る, similar to いちだん verbs, but they are few; consult a dictionary to check which is which. To go from casual to polite form, replace the final u kana with an i kana (e.g. うto い, く to き, etc.) to get the ます stem, and add ます. For example, casual はく becomes the stem はき and then polite はきます.

Irregular verbs are irregular, so you just need to memorise their conjugations. する becomes します, and くる becomes きます.

December 28, 2017


いちだん verbs end in いる or える (ex. 食べる、見る、着る) if it ends in ある or おる or うる its a ごだん verb. (ex. なる、売る、乗る)

There might be exceptions to this but I haven't seen any so far.

June 15, 2019


Haku is the so called "dictionary form" and is used in casual speech with friends whereas Hakimasu is some present/future tense conjugation that is used in formal situations such as in the workplace or when meeting someone for the first time. I guess Duo focuses on the polite form first because that's the one you're most likely to use if you ever address a Japanese person as a beginner/tourist. However, because they often speak casually, it's good that Duo introduces casual forms as we strengthen our basics along the course. I hope there will be more!

December 11, 2017


All verbs end with a "u" sound in their basic form. Replacing the "u" with "imasu" (with other changes if the syllable that would created doesn't exist in modern Japanese) makes verbs like this, that don't end in "eru" or "iru", polite. As for why the plain form was used here, it was probably just to give practice with it.

October 22, 2017


Upto this point, Duo has been teaching polite form and structure. Have to say that there's something weird about suddenly switching to Kanji and using casual form when talking about a dude wearing underwear. Lol

October 17, 2017


Pronunciation of these two Kanji, please?

July 16, 2017


Kare was this lesson, かれ = 彼

July 16, 2017


Those are the radicals for loiter and skin, interesting.

December 30, 2017


I certainty hope he's wearing underwear!

June 17, 2017


Okay, grateful to the hints for helping with this one. 彼 is かれ, but I had to do some digging online for the other new kanji. Is it a tense of 履く (はく)? Google says this means to wear or to put on.

August 20, 2017


I wouldn't call it a tense (relating to time), but rather the polite 〜ます form of the verb. A little note: 履く applies to pieces of clothing below the waist, e.g. pants, shoes, and obviously underwear.

December 27, 2017


I swapped the topic and the object and got the question wrong. My answer was: パンツをかれははきます。

Was I really wrong? Maybe I am talking like Yoda, but I thought it should be ok.

March 14, 2018


I could not see はき or ます offered on the screen

November 13, 2017


yeah, instead there's kanji for the plain form of the verb, 履く (haku/はく), which is being used in place of はきます. Even though the "official answer" above uses はきます, it's not the answer Duolingo is expecting. At least they show the new terms on hover.

I'd report this, but they don't seem to offer a way to report it.

November 29, 2017


the demanded word was not available

November 13, 2017


What's wrong with 下着?

July 29, 2018


パンツ is really just another word for "pants". 下着 (したぎ) is a better translation of "underwear".

August 6, 2018


from memory they were white

October 16, 2018


How do you report a mistake? When I click a word written in kanji, the sound does not work. It only happens with kanji.

March 7, 2019



March 29, 2019


Get a load of this guy

May 14, 2019


What is going on. Am i going crazy? Cause the particle was completely missing from the exercise.

February 16, 2019
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