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Mini Japanese Lessons | How to Express Desire ~ほしい (Hoshii)

You can consider 欲しい (ほしい) is the equivalent to “to want” in English. 欲しい is an i-adjective. ~ほしい (Hoshii) is used to express the speaker’s wishes or desires using nouns.

Noun + が + ほしい


わたしは 辞書 が ほしいです。

I want a dictionary.

何 が ほしいですか。

What do you want?

カメラ が ほしいです。

I want a camera.

自転車 が ほしいですか。

Do you want a bicycle?


No, I don't want.

You can conjugate “ほしい” to a certain extent as follows;

Present tense ~ほしい

Past tense ~ほしかった

Negative Present tense ~ほしくない

Negative Past tense ~ほしくなかった

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