弱い

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  • よわい yowai

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  • い adjective
    weak, frail, delicate, tender, unskilled, weak (wine)

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    • 10 strokes

      weak, frail

    Adjective declension

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    Plain
    Present弱い - よわい (yowai) 
    Negative弱くない - よわくない (yowakunai) 
    Past弱かった - よわかった (yowakatta) 
    Past negative弱くなかった - よわくなかった (yowakunakatta) 
    Te form弱くて - よわくて (yowakute) 
    Adverbial弱く - よわく (yowaku) 
    Polite
    Present弱いです - よわいです (yowaidesu) 
    Negative弱くありません - よわくありません (yowakuarimasen) 
    Past弱かったです - よわかったです (yowakattadesu) 
    Past negative弱くありませんでした - よわくありませんでした (yowakuarimasendeshita) 

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    • Japanese sentence

      それを言われると弱いなあ。 

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      English translation

      That sure puts me on the spot.