1. to be (of animate objects); to existUsually written using kana alone, See also 在る
- Some have lost faith in democracy.
2. to stayUsually written using kana alone
- Which would you rather do, go to the cinema or stay at home?
3. verb indicating continuing action or state (i.e. to be ..ing, to have been ..ing)Usually written using kana alone, after the -te form of a verb, the い is sometimes dropped
- I haven't quite finished eating.
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