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19:05 Sep 7, 2000
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Japanese term or phrase: o oikakete imasu
I just want to know because I am trying to teach myself japanese

Summary of answers provided
na +1chasing, as in chasing a dream
Maynard Hogg
nachasing after, being in the pursuit of , hunting after/for, quest forxxxzowya
naam/is/are chasing <something>
Mariko Kobayashi
nato pursue or catch up with.Troy Fowler



13 mins
to pursue or catch up with.

the noun before the 'o' is what is being followed.

'oikakete imasu' is from 'oikakeru' which means to pursue or catch up with.

Hope this helps!


Troy Fowler
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22 mins peer agreement (net): +1
chasing, as in chasing a dream

yume wo oikakeru is to chase a dream

kumanomi wo oikakete imasu. I regularly chase clown fish, but have yet to get a good picture because they're always moving. Come to think of it, so am I--in the current.<g>

The te -iru form here mean something like the English progressive.

Note, however, that shinde iru is a state--i.e., stone cold dead. For dying, use shinikakeru.

Note added at 2002-02-11 14:49:35 (GMT)

Beware Mariko Kobayashi\'s progressive. shinde iru (cf. shiniyoru), togatte iru are STATES, not actions. Kindaichi Haruhiko pointed this out decades ago.

Maynard Hogg
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agree  Timothy Takemoto
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am/is/are chasing <something>

Looking at the other question, "korobi kakete imasu," I thought you might like to know the difference in two "kakete" bits. Actually, they are completely different words. "oikakete" is the te-form of a weak(ichidan) verb, "oikakemasu." "korobi kakete" is a combination of "korobi" (stem of "korobimasu") and "kakete"(te-form of "kakemasu." This "kakemasu" is always used with the stem of another verb and means "begin/start to do something'

As you may know "te-form" and "imasu" in most cases means am/is/are doing something (progressive form). So "oikaketeimasu" is "is/am/are chasing";
"korobi kakete imasu" is "am/is/are beginning to fall over. "

Anything to do with 'te-form' seems to be quite hard to learners of Japanese. Good luck!!

Mariko Kobayashi
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Kevin Snow

neutral  Maynard Hogg: Weak verbs? In the Sixties, I learned them as "vowel stem" verbs.
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chasing after, being in the pursuit of , hunting after/for, quest for

You can use this to describe;
the action of chasing after your dog,
cat, bad neighbor, etc etc etc.,
or to hunt after a prey(e.g. deer, fox),
or to be in quest of a life-time goal, knowledge etc.etc.

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