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Lesson 216: Usages of the verb する

You've already learned that the verb する means to do, and that it can be used after many nouns to make verbs.

The verb する can also be used in other ways, one of which is to indicate the cost of an item.

This bag costs 10,000 yen. このかばんいちまんえんします。
kono kaban ha itiman en simasu.

The verb する can also mean to wear, but only in relation to accessories.

(I) wear a necktie. ネクタイをする。
nekutai wo suru.
(I)'m wearing a necklace. ネックレスをしている。
nekkuresu wo site iru.

The verb する can also be used to report on sensations. Note that in this case we use the particle and not the particle .

This salad tastes like lemon. このサラダはレモンのあじがする。
kono sarada ha remon no azi ga suru.

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(I) have an unpleasant feeling. いやちがする。
iyana kimoti ga suru.

The verb する can also be used to tell what work we do. We need to use the present continuous here to indicate that our profession is an ongoing state.

(I) am a cook. りょうにんをしている。
ryourinin wo site iru.
(She) is a police officer. けいかんをしています。
keikan wo site imasu.

The verb する can also be used to indicate other features of persons or things than their professions. In this case we again need to use the present continuous.

(He) has cold eyes. つめたいをしています。
tumetai me wo site imasu.
(She) has a cute face. わいかおをしている。
kawaii kao wo site iru.

As we've already learned before, する is also used in relation to games, sports and hobbies.

Let's play American football tomorrow. あしアメフトをしましょう。
asita amehuto wo simasyou.
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