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English adjectives are more similar to nouns than to verbs, and they require the copula “be” to become predicators.
On the other hand, Japanese adjectives are more similar to verbs, and they don’t need a copula. They have inflection like verbs.
All Japanese adjectives end with the hiragana い or な if they are in the non-past form.
An adjective consists of a stem and a suffix as verbs do, and the stem never changes while suffixes can change.
The final い or な in the non-past form of an adjective is the suffix and the rest is the stem. Please note that the suffix for the non-past form of verbs is う, and that of adjectives is い or な.
Japanese adjectives are similar to verbs, so you can consider them to be a combination of the copula “be” and an adjective in English.
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