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Lesson 8
The Te Form + mo


There are just two adjective "te form" endings that I hear used often enough to mention. The first is mo ii, which means "it's okay if...," and the second is mo kamawanai, a similar ending meaning "I don't mind if...."

To convert true adjectives to the "te form," remove the final i and add kute; quasis just need a de. Here are a few examples:

  • Ookikute mo ii. (If it's large that's okay.)
  • Sukoshi furukute mo ii. (It's all right if it's a little old.)
  • Kare wa heta de mo ii. (It's okay if he's not good at it.)
  • Johnson sensei wa kibishikute mo kamawanai. (I don't mind if Mr. Johnson's strict.)

Note: Sensei is the name suffix for "teacher."

  • Sono mise wa fuben de mo kamawanai no? (Don't you mind that store being inconveniently located?)

To make these polite, add desu to ii and use kamaimasen instead of kamawanai :

  • Sukoshi fuben de mo ii desu. (It's okay if it's a bit inconvenient.)
  • Soto wa samukute mo kamaimasen. (I don't mind if it's cold out.)

The negative forms of -kute mo ii and de mo ii were covered at the bottom of Lesson 2.

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