Before starting the exercise for expressing permission 「…てもいい (May)」, please clarify any doubts you may have about the grammatical rules by referring to your grammar guidebook or dictionary. The Instantaneous Composition Method requires you to compose sentences with the target sentence pattern(s) over and over in order to use them almost effortlessly. You should already have the necessary knowledge.
- Genki I – Lesson 6: ～てもいい / ～てはいけません
- Tae Kim’s Guide – Expressing “must” or “have to” (last part)
Instantaneous Composition Exercise for Expressing Permission 「…てもいい (May)」
This is not a translation exercise. This is the Instantaneous Composition Exercise. As if a reflexive action, try to create an equivalent Japanese sentence shortly after reading an English script. Try not to think for more than three seconds.
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English and Hidden Japanese Scripts
||May (I) take a photo?
||May (I) sit (here)? => Yes, go ahead.
|座ってもいいですか？ => はい、どうぞ。
||May (I) drink this green tea? => Sure.
|このお茶を飲んでもいいですか？ => もちろん。
||May (I) ask (you) a question? => (I’m) sorry. (Explanatory) (I’m) busy now.
|質問してもいいですか？ => すみません、今忙しいんです。
||May (I) go home? => Sorry, not now.
|家に帰ってもいいですか？ => すみません、今はだめです。
||(You) may take a rest.
||(You) may eat (it) all.
||(You) may take off (your) jacket.
||(You) may not practice Japanese every day.
||(You) may not come in the morning.
People customarily add the sentence-ending particle: よ when they give permission.
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