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ni naru

Ive come across "chotto omachi ni naru kamoshiremasen"
Why is the ni naru after a verb and why is the masu omitted from the verb?
Also, I'm wondering how this translates to English. How do you become 'waiting a little'?


  • 'o' + verb stem + 'ni' + 'naru'  is a honorific form. 

    Since there is no honorific form in English, 'omachininaru' can only be translated as 'wait', which is the same as the translation of the regular (non-honorific) verb 'matsu'.

    However, remember that 'omachininaru' shows a respect from the speaker to the person who waits.

    Not all verbs can be used in this form, but many can:
    oyomininaru....honorific form of 'yomu', which means 'read'.
    okakininaru...honorific form of 'kaku', which means 'write'.
    ohanashininaru...honorific form of 'hanasu', which menas 'speak'.
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