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Difference between omou and omoimasu?

giuliafra91

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Hi everyone, I'm currently studying Japanese, and I'm stuck on a topic I just can't completely understand: omou and omimasu are both used to say "I think", but when is omou used and when omoimasu? is there a difference? are there particular circumstances? Thanks!
 

Mike Cash

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What learning materials are you using that introduce both of those and don't offer any explanation of the difference?
 

giuliafra91

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Thank you for your answers. I'm using manabou . So this is just a matter of context and who i'm talkng to?
 

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What 丁寧語 (polite language) is for and how to use it is far more basic than any usage of 思う. I can't find anything called "manabou", but it doesn't sound like a good reference. Try GENKI I; it's a good textbook to start out with. You can find it on Amazon etc.
 
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