がほしい (ga hoshii) Meaning Japanese Grammar - Want
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The expression がほしい (
ga hoshii) means
It is one of the expressions related to the verb
to want something that is expressed by a noun.
が欲しい is used for the first person, if the desire is referred to other persons, we use the verb 欲しがる.
In this post we learn more about the meaning of が欲しい, how it is formed and when が欲しい is used through real example sentences.
が欲しい is used in the first person to express what the subject wants and desires and is joined exclusively to nouns.
In some cases this expression is also translated:
I want another chance.
How がほしい is formed
This expression is characterised:
- by a Noun
- by the particle が which indicates the subject
- by 欲しい which is an い adjective and means
I want that guitar.
欲しい is used to translate want something, if we want to express want to do something we use the form in たい.
I want to watch a movie on weekends.
We used the suffix たい to express
want to perform a certain action.
I want some clothes for my birthday present.
We want clothes!
The particle が after the noun is omitted, because the context is colloquial and informal.
How much do you need?
The negative form is obtained with the negative of the い Adjective.
The usage of the negative forms in Japanese is particular and some expressions are very strong and direct and it is often preferred to work around other ways of speaking and expressing ourselves.
I don't want children.
As we can deduce, these are strong and resolute statements used depending on the situation and context.
- From a Japanese
I want a big tree.
欲しがる: what others want
が欲しい refers to the first person. If, on the other hand, the desire concerns other people, we use the verb 欲しがる with the suffix がる.
My mother wants a new car.
Let's give them the food they want!
Again, the context is informal and the particle をof the object たべものを is omitted and the verb ends in てる instead of ている.
Examples of が欲しい
I want a dog.
As we have seen in the previous examples, the polite form is obtained by adding the copula です to the adjective 欲しい.
Which do you want, a car or a house?
I want a break.
In this last example the translation of 欲しい indicates the need, the necessity of the subject.
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