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Volitional Form (Verb Conjugation)

Volitional Form (Verb Conjugation)

The volition form is used to express a willingness, or volition, to perform a certain action. In English, this would translate to “I will do VERB” or “let’s VERB.”

In order to conjugate う-verbs into their volitional form, replace the う at the end of the Dictionary Form of the verb with ō, or, おう.

*Note that the Japanese character お is often integrated into the respective consosant preceding it. For examples, see below.

Example(s):

言う (to say) – 言おう
読む (to read) – 読もう
待つ (to wait) – 待とう
書く to write) – 書こう

In order to conjugate る-verbs into their volitional form, replace the る at the end of the Dictionary Form of the verb with yō, or, よう.

Example(s):

見る (to see) – 見よう
食べる (to eat) – 食べよう
寝る (to sleep) – 寝よう

There are two irregular verbs for this verb conjugation:
来る (to come) – 来よう (こよう)
する (to do) – しよう