"Let's sit together."


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It actually accepted the kanji this time!

October 23, 2017


Hrm, so saying "let us" is not considered a request and therefore wouldn't use the て form of すわり?

What is the technical definition of a request in terms of て usage? Only when ください is present?

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て form is a connecting form. It is not a request form. If you hear sentence ending with て, it is not a grammatically correct sentence. It is often the verbal abbreviation of て ください。

Let Us is a suggestion and in Japanese it is expressed by the indefinite verb form ましょう. It is close to the English conditional form I think. The sentence can be understood literally as "Would we sit together?"

July 8, 2017


Oh okay that makes a great deal of sense. I saw people in comments earlier saying that you should use て form when making requests, such as ください. I assume then, that is generally right but not accurate.

On a technical level "let us" is a request but you are perfectly correct that the English "let's" is used as a suggestion.

Thank you!

July 9, 2017


With 座りましょう, the いっしょに is kind of implied, but using いっしょに makes it clear that you're suggesting to sit together, rather than "I guess I'll sit down."

October 15, 2018
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