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Grammar detail: 連体形(れんたいけい)

連体形(れんたいけい) - attributive (noun-modifying) form
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The
れんたいけい
is a common form in Japanese. Technically it is known as the 'attributive' form, but a literal translation of the Japanese is a little more useful: = to take, to lead + = body + = form: the is the form of a verb or adjective used to modify a noun.
In general the is the name of the form of a noun or adjective used to modify or classify the noun. For example, when using こと or もの after an adjective or verb, the form of the adjective or verb is called . In practice, the standard form of verbs and adjectives is the dictionary form. However, alternatives exist, such as the archaic き form of adjectives.
Other terms meaning the same thing
You may also see the English term 'noun or verb acting pronominally' - this is another term for the same concept: a word in the form used to modify another noun (pre = before, nominal = relating to a noun).
In Japanese you may encounter the terms
れんたいしゅうしょくご
or
れんたいしゅうしょくせつ
, which refer to words or phrases respectively acting in this way.
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See also:
  • 連体詞(れんたいし) - rentaishi (adjective that is not い or な)

Kanji used in this grammar

レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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タイ   テイ   からだ body   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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シュウ   シュ   おさめる to master   
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ショク   かざ to decorate   
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ゴ   かた to talk, relate   かたらう to talk together, chat   
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セツ   セチ   ふし occasion, time   
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