July 25, 2008

To pretend to verb in Japanese

Verb (p.f.) + to shimasho^ - to feign as if you would
Meaning –
To pretend as if
We (Any pronoun: I, He,She,We,Us,Them,They)
verb or
Let’s say we were to
1. Iku to shimasho^- 行くとしましょう –
Let’s pretend like we are going to go. Let’s say we are going
Iku (行く) = verb to go

2. Hanbun datta to shite mo – 半分だったとしても
Even if it was only half
Suru in base TE = Shite
Shite mo = Although I do (suru)

In example 2, the verb before to suru is the copula de aru in past tense de atta (で あった) or abbreviated d’atta (だった). Hanbun (半分) is the Japanese word for half. There are two grammar points here. VerbTE + Mo is discussed in another lesson and it constructs, - Even though I verb - (TE)て”, in this example the verb is suru in base TE (て)or shite (して) and then the mo (も) particle is added meaning although, or even though.

3. Mizu ga chikyu^ kara nakunatta to shimasho^ -

Number 3 above contains two smaller bunpo; one nestled inside the other. At the end of the construction, we have to shimasho^ (としましょう) - which implies that we will be doing this together, “Shall we do this thing of pretending together? Where do this thing is any verb in base TE It could mean something like, “Let’s just say we did, since did is the past tense of the verb to do.” etc.

Anata dake shika chikyu^ ni inakatta to shimasho^ -
貴方だけしか 地球に いなかったとしましょう
Let’s say you were the last person on earth or
Let’s just say you were the only person on the face of the Earth… etc.

4. Okane wa mondai nai to shimasho^ -
お金は問題ないとしましょう (としましょう) - lets pretend that the money wouldn’t present a problem, or Let’s just say that money isn’t a problem.