otokonoko wa korobi kakate imasu


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Can someone tell me the infinitive of kakate if it's a verb? I think that says "a boy is falling" or something to that effect and I found that korobu means to fall down or to stumble, but im not sure what kakate means.

  • toscairn

    Hi Wil, it'd better be either "kakatte" or "kakete." Either way, it means "be about to" "on the verge of." So the sentence means "the boy is about to stumble."

    The infinitive of it is "kakeru," the verb that makes a compound verb to mean "something is about to happen."