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Lesson 92: The adjective いい

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いい is the Japanese adjective for good. It is one of only a few irregular adjectives that change when they are conjugated. In the case of いい, both the negative and past-tense conjugations are irregular.

PositiveNegative
Presentいいくない
Pastかったくなかった
EnglishJapanese
Great!いい 
ii ne!
This book isn't good.この ほん は よく ない です。
kono hon ha yoku nai desu.
The weather was not good.てん は よく なかった です。
tenki ha yoku nakatta desu.
It was a buffet, but the quality was good.バイキング でした けど、 クオリティ は よかった です。
baikingu desita kedo, kuorithi ha yokatta desu.
Excuse me, are you free?ちょっと いい です か?
tyotto ii desu ka?

The phrase ちょっといいですか? is a polite way of saying Excuse me, do you have a moment? if you want to speak to someone.

When you want to say that a food is good, use the word おいしい and not いい.

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