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"I practice the piano."


June 28, 2017



What is shi doing in this context?


します= to do.

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    But sometimes it's just ます without the し?

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    ます is the generic standard polite verb ending. 食べます is the verb "to eat", for example. します is a specific verb that roughly translates as "to do", and is often used to kinda turn nouns into verbs. れんしゅうします can literally be seen as "to do practice".


    So is れんしゅう a noun?


    練習 is a noun that has verbal properties, they are often classified as "suru verbs" in English resources, this means that you can use the noun as a verb if you add する at the end,

    like 練習する means "to practice" but 練習 alone means "practice".

    You can also add the particle for emphasis on the action into the noun like 練習をする means "I do practice"...

    And you can also use the masu form of する which is します in the same manner as in the Duo sentence.


    If the verb derived from Chinese 漢字, chances are, you will be adding します or a related form. This is similar to the Korean usage of 해요.



    Has anyone else had their duolingo stop providing hints when you select the English phrase?


    Yes and its not a bug or anything is making you learn from memory, i try my best not to use it when i can as i think its bit like cheating.


    No, it was a bug. Other users that had just started were also having the issue. It has been fixed now.


    I love to play the piano!

    How do you say "I play the piano" in Japanese? Is 「あそび」 the right word for 'play' in context of musical instruments?


    あそび (遊び ) is playing in the sense of playing with toys, fooling around, or doing something “pleasurable.” 弾く is what you’re looking for.

    ピアノを弾きます。 / piano-wo hikimasu.


    Huh hints? What hints? There's a hint option!? That would be useful for a bunch of the other languages that I am learning. (For Japanese it's fine since I was kinda already intermediate)


    Why is it using の instead of お in this case? Isn't 練習 a verb, and therefore applied to a subject, the subject being piano in this case?




    Why is を used here? What is it's purpose as compared to something else like は? TIA

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