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"Let's sit together."


July 8, 2017





いっしょ・に・すわり・ましょう (for those who had it appear only in kanji!)


It actually accepted the kanji this time!


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?


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?"


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.

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Can you just say, "すわりましょう" and omit "いっしょに"?

I've tried looking this up before as "ましょう" seems to indicate a proposal, so from an English perspective, it seems like "いっしょに" would be implied. This comes up when comparing statements like, "Let's sit" vs "Let's sit together" or "Let's go to the pool" vs "Let's go to the pool together", where the sentences can be used almost interchangeably.

I see that Marknld suggested something similar, but got downvotes; so I wanted to know if there is a more pronounced / different meaning in Japanese if "いっしょに" is omitted.


いっしょに means together in the sense of "at the same time" as well as "next to each other". So it is quite likely an invitation to sit next to each other (say, in a lecture hall). すわりましょう probably means "let's sit down (now, at the same time)".




when to use ri and when to use te?


you use て before ください to connect the action that you're asking someone to do.


You don't actually need to add ください for it to be a request, it's just less polite. The て form can also be used to connect verbs in a sentence, used to conjugate verbs into the continuous tense, used to ask for permission, and others which I don't even know. We're using り because that's the stem form of the verb 座る (座り), which is used for conjugating into the polite form.

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