Grammar detail: verb ます form (also known as the polite form)

verb ます form (also known as the polite form)
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The ます (masu) form of a verb, also known as the polite form, is the form used in normal polite conversation, for example between two strangers of similar status.
The ます form of godan verbs is created by taking the dictionary form and replacing the う with います. For ichidan verbs, the final る is replaced with ます.
Ichidan たべる たべます
Godan よむ よみます
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See also:
  • verb plain form (also known as the dictionary form)
  • Key verb conjugations
  • Japanese verbs and verb conjugation

Kanji used in this grammar

ゴ   いつ-    いつ five   
ダン    grade, step, stairs   
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