やすい (yasui) Meaning Japanese Grammar - Easy To
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The adjective やすい (
It is an い Adjective and preceded by the Verb Base takes on the meaning of
easy to and
have a tendency to.
In this post we learn more about the meaning of やすい, how it is formed and when やすい is used through real example sentences.
How and when to use やすい
The structure we will study together in this post is charachterized by:
the Verb Base + the Adjective やすい
It expresses something that is
easy to do,
simple to do.
The antonym of this form is represented by the same structure with the adjective にくい which translates something
difficult to do,
hard to do.
This machine is easy to use.
Spanish is easy to learn.
How to form やすい
やすい in its kanji transcription becomes 易い.
It is joined to the Verb Base used in the polite form ます.
Ichidan verb: 答える
Questions that are easy to answer
In the case of the Godan verbs we use the base ending in い: 読む
An easy to read novel
In the 2 previous examples やすい has attributive function and precedes the noun it modifies.
In the predicative function the adjective やすい follows the noun and is put at the end of the sentence.
This question is easy to answer.
This novel is easy to read.
Polite form やすいです
The polite form is obtained by adding the copula です to the adjective やすい.
The teacher’s explanations are easy to understand.
This question is easy to get wrong.
やすかった: past form
The past form of the adjective やすい is やすかった and in the polite form we add the copula: やすかったです.
Example from a comment on a video tutorial of a recipe:
Thank you. It was very easy to understand, because you spoke slowly.
Examples of やすい
Japanese houses are made of wood and easily set on fire.
I am the type of person who is easily influenced by others.
In the example above, we find the verb in the passive form:
influence ⇨ 影響される be influenced ⇨影響されやすい easily influenced
Today is a very pleasant beautiful day.
People whose stories are easy to understand. People whose stories are hard to understand. Which one are you?
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