2004
05.31

The title translates to ‘passive form’ & ‘potential form’.

When you study Japanese you will become aware that for ‘group 2’ verbs the passive form and potential form are the same. For example:

ねずみはねこに食べられる ー The mouse is eaten by the cat
野菜が食べられる ー I can eat vegetables & 

There is a common shortcut used in spoken Japanese for the potential form of group 2 verbs. The shortcut is to cut out the ら from ~られる. For example:

天丼が食べれる (not 食べられる)

I wondered whether this shortcut could be used for the passive form – the answer is no. For example, you can’t use the following sentence:

ねずみはねこに食べれる



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