て形+みる (て見る) [てみる] (temiru)
Meaning: to try (out)
Example: try to read
JLPT Level: 3
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|見る (miru) as a verb means to see, but used with another verb it means "try to do something".|
theres a similar phrase in english: "try it and see"
|used with the -te form of the previous verb|
書いてみる - try and write it
食べてみる - try and eat it (taste a bit of it to see what its like)
|miru itself can be converted to a -te form to keep the sentence flowing... like |
I tried to eat it, but...
(-ta is past of -te)
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|dc||this is a good grammar point to have added, but some of the examples are not relevant:|
is 見る as in "go to see a movie" not "see about doing something"
|yookoso||Success and Failure: |
According to the book Basic Connections by Kakuko Shoji, 〜てみた indicates that the subject actually tried and achieved the result. When the speaker tried or intended to do something but failed, 〜うとした (volitional verb form + toshita) is used.
(Isshoukenmei, nattou o tabeyou to shita no desu ga, yappari dame deshita)
|yookoso||this entry is currently marked level 0 (unknown) - my guess is Level 3 - anybody else agree? || |
|blabby||When I learnt this grammar for the first time, my teacher said not to think of it in terms of 見る/see. I have never seen the kanji 見 used for this grammar.|
行ってみる - 3,400,000 results.
行って見る - 179,000 results. Howerver many results were out of this context.
yookoso, thanks for that explanation. That textbook sounds very helpful. I think it is about level 3 too.
|yookoso||I am still reading the Basic Connections book, but I can already say it is excellent. It was written "to provide helpful information about Japanese expressions and usages that facilitate the flow of ideas and thought in written and spoken Japanese...The book focuses on those grammatical items, idiomatic expressions, and set phrases that have proven to be most problematic to students." It is an inexpensive, small paperback that I highly recommend. |
|Horntachi||Yeah that book is really awesome, Basic Connection - Making your Japanese Flow, by Kabuko Shoji. Give it a try || |
|xander||Yeh I'm pritty sure my teacher was adamant that you never use the kanji when using て みる || |
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