Volitional Form

This verb form is used in sentences in which the speaker suggests, urges, or initiates an act. This form is a plain form of the equivalent polite form ending ましょう.

How to derive the Volitional form:
  • Group 1: Change the final る to よう
  • Group 2: Change the final vowel u to oo
  • Group 3: くる→こよう、する→しよう
How to use the form:

When this form is used in speech at the end of a sentence, it indicates casual speech. When used in writing, this form indicates that the writing is impersonal (such as newspaper articles, essays, journals, etc.).

食堂 こう。
'Let’s go to the dining room.'

When the volitional form is used as the final verb of a sentence, the stative and honorific verbs have no volitional forms: e.g. ある ("exist"), くださる (honorific "give me").

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