Grammar detail: verb stem

verb stem  base part of a verb
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The term 'verb stem', also known as 'masu stem', in Japanese grammar refers to the base part of the verb, and is used in many different constructions.
The easiest way to identify the stem of a verb is to remove the 'masu/ます' when the verb is in its masu/ます form. The part of the verb that remains is the verb stem.
For example:
dictionary formmasu formstem
たべる (eat)たべますたべ
いく (go)いきますいき
よむ (read)よみますよみ
たべ、いき、よみ are all examples of the verb stem.
In Japanese, the verb stem is known as the
(which means 'continuative form').
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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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ヨウ   もちいる to use   
ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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