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Decoded Slug: ~います (〜imasu)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~います (〜imasu)

~います (〜imasu)

Short explanation:

Expresses the present continuous or ongoing action; 'to be doing', 'currently doing'.


る-verb: drop る, add ています, う-verb: change last syllable to its て form, add います, Irregular verbs: refer to specific conjugation rules


Ima, ongaku wo kiiteimasu.
I am listening to music right now.
Chichi wa shinbun wo yondeimasu.
My father is reading a newspaper.
Kanojo wa eigo wo benkyou shiteimasu.
She is studying English.
Kodomotachi wa kouen de asondeimasu.
The children are playing in the park.

Long explanation:

The ~います grammar point is used to express that an action is currently happening or is ongoing. It can be translated as 'to be doing' or 'currently doing' in English. The formation differs depending on whether it is a る-verb, う-verb, or an irregular verb.

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