請う

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  • こう kou

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  • Godan verbtransitive verb
    to beg, to ask, to request, to invite

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    • 15 strokes

      solicit, invite, ask

    Verb conjugation

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    Plain
    Present請う - こう (kou) 
    Negative請わない - こわない (kowanai) 
    Past請うた - こうた (kouta) 
    Past negative請わなかった - こわなかった (kowanakatta) 
    Te form請うて - こうて (koute) 
    Tai form請いたい - こいたい (koitai) 
    Volitional請おう - こおう (koou) 
    Imperative請え - こえ (koe) 
    Passive請われる - こわれる (kowareru) 
    Conditional請うたら - こうたら (koutara) 
    Provisional conditional請えば - こえば (koeba) 
    Causative請わせる - こわせる (kowaseru) 
    Potential請える - こえる (koeru) 
    Keigo (Polite)
    Present請います - こいます (koimasu) 
    Negative請いません - こいません (koimasen) 
    Past請いました - こいました (koimashita) 
    Past negative請いませんでした - こいませんでした (koimasendeshita) 
    Te form請いまして - こいまして (koimashite) 
    Tai form請いたいです - こいたいです (koitaidesu) 
    Volitional請いましょう - こいましょう (koimashou) 
    Imperative請いませ - こいませ (koimase) 
    Passive請われます - こわれます (kowaremasu) 

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    • Japanese sentence

      お腹をすかせている人がいればその人達のために食べ物を乞うた。 

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      English translation

      When she saw that the people were hungry, she begged for food for them.