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Japanese time tenses

I wanted to know how to use a Japanese verb in different time (future, past, present).

Would you help me figure out the time of these sentences :

私は食べます。(わたしはたべます。)

Google translate says it is future?? Like: I will eat??! , but Duolingo says present.

私は食べている。(わたしはたべている。)

Rosetta stone says it is present. Google translate says it is present progressive??!

私は食べる。(わたしはたべる。)

Google translate says this one is present like : I eat. But I am still confused :/

私は食べた。(わたしはたべた。)

google translate considers this as a past tense.

Please help me in Japanese time verbs, and correct the errors of these sentences (if they're future, past ...).

ありがとうございました。

July 10, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MysticalSpoon

Hi! In Japanese, there are two tenses: past and non-past. Non-past includes the present and future tense in English. So, if there is no context, 「私は食べる。」 can mean both I eat and I will eat. There is a verb form called progressive form that makes it into present progressive. It is「私は食べている。」(The 「ている」 makes the verb become present progressive.)

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sofia_Williams

So, is 私は食べた。(わたしはたべた。) a past tense?

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MysticalSpoon

Yes. Also, I recommend this site: Kanji Link for more grammar info.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sofia_Williams

ありがとうございます。

July 11, 2017
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