I think:【と思(おも)います】

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On this page, you can learn how to express your opinion in Japanese.

Introduction

For example, you want to say “I think bananas are yummy.” in Japanese. To do so, you need to say ‘bananas are yummy’ first then add ‘I think’ in Japanese.

Also, you need to remember that the sentence (bananas are yummy in this case) must finish with Plain Form in Japanese.

‘bananas are yummy’ in Japanese is バナナはおいしい. ‘I think’ in Japanese is とおもいます.

That is why “I think bananas are yummy.” in Japanese is バナナはおいしいとおもいます.

「バナナはおいしいとおもいます。」

Sentence Pattern

I think + sentence

sentence + と おもいます

Note

Kanji: 思

おもいます can be 思います if you use kanji.

Plain Form in front of と思います

The sentence in front of と思います must finish with Plain Form.

Be careful of those two:

  • Noun + です → Noun + だ
  • なadjective → change な into だ (Ex: しずかな → しずかだ)

Example of Noun + だ

I think Italy is a wonderful country.

イタリアはすばらしい国(くに)だと思います

Example of なadjective

I think Japanese is easy.

日本語(にほんご)はかんたんだと思います

Exercise

Task: Change into Japanese.

  • I think apples are yummy.
  • I think phones are convenient.
  • I think Japanese is difficult.
  • I think tennis is enjoyable.
  • I think my younger sister is cute.

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Task: Change into English.

  • 父はきびしいと思います。
  • オーストラリアはとても大きいと思います。
  • 日本はうつくしい国だと思います。
  • 母はやさしい人だと思います。
  • 日本の夏はむしあついと思います。

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Answer

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