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大きい ([おおきい] )(i-adjectives)
    Meaning: using adjectives 形容詞の使い方
    Example: (I-adjective) + (coupula)
    JLPT Level: 4
    Category: grammar
    Author: Reuben Pitman

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Another way to say "big" in Japanese is "dekkai," as in "dekkai yatsu datta (he was huge)" 
The na adjective version of ookii can only be used with abstract concepts.
i.e. ookina mondai (a big problem).
Adjectives are seperated into 3 groups, much the same way that verbs are. these groups are
い-Adjectives, な-Adjectives, and irregular Adjectives.

いーadjectives are the easiest to spot because the end with い
おいし<font color=blue>い</font>
大き<font color=blue>い</font>
小さ<font color=blue>い</font>

な-adjectives are all adjectives that don`t end with い, they are called な- adjectives because when you attach them to nouns you insert a な at the end of the adjective.
親切<font color=red size=1>な</font>ひと
at the moment I can@t think of any other examples but trust me there are more than a few な adjectives. if you see two kanji together then chances are it is a な adjective.

the final group is the Irregulare adjectives. As I`m sure you have guessed they get their name because they don`t follow the rules of the other two groups. Irregulare adjectives are adjectives that end in い but when attached to a noun follow the rules of the な adjectives.
The best example of this is
きれ<font color=blue>い</font><font color=red>な</font>女

irregulare adjectives are the least common the the three groups.

Using な with い-Adjectives
it is true that you can treat most いadjectives as な adjectives by replacing the final い with な

but as far as I know this can only be used with abstract concepts. I have heard it used to discribe objects, but only when the object was a wish or desire

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ex #5671   Ookii.(plain non-past)  
is big. (plain neg. non-past)  
ex #5672   Ookii desu. (polite non-past)  
is big. (plain neg. non-past)  
ex #5673   Ookiku nai. (plain neg. non-past)  
isn't big. (plain neg. non-past)  
ex #5674   Ookiku arimasen. (polite neg. non-past)  
isn't big. (polite neg. non-past)  
ex #5675   Ookikatta. (plain past)  
was big. (plain past)  
ex #5676   Ookikatta desu. (polite past)  
was big. (polite past)  
ex #5677   Ookiku nakatta. (plain neg. past) 
wasn't big. (plain neg. past)  

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    PerchesShould this even be on the site?  
    dcarterThis is sometimes used as a 'na' adjective isn't it? 
    KWhazitPerches: Probably not, as it's vocabulary, not grammar.
    dcarter: Yes, as 大きな (ooki na).
    gandalthis is not a grammar point 
    captcouchOf course it's a grammer point. It's providing information on certain adjectives along with their different forms. 
    miraxゅうめい (famous) is an example of an "irregular" verb. I wouldn't really consider them "irregular" because the い in those cases are just an extension of the "e" sound. 

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