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Japanese

Adjective

ほしい (い-i declension, kanji 欲しい, romaji hoshii)

  1. (expresses that the speaker wants something)
    ほしくありません。
    くるまほしくありません。
    Kuruma wa hoshiku arimasen.
    I don't want a car.
    ワープロほしいです。
    Waapuro ga hoshii desu.
    I want a word processor.

Usage notes

  • The act of wanting something is in Japanese, unlike in English, is susually denoted by an adjective (欲しい) instead of with a verb ("to want").
  • A verb denoting willingness (欲する, ほっする, hossuru) exists, but it's usage is quite uncommon.
  • The usage of this word can be considered overly direct or childish.
  • Adding a たい (tai) to a verb is often used too:
    ケーキを食べたい
    ケーキをたべたい
    Kēki o tabetai.
    I want to eat a cake.
  • When following the ない (nai) form of a verb + て (te) it means "don't want you to".

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