Learn JLPT N5 Grammar (deshou)

Meaning

I think; it seems; probably; right?

How to use

Verb (dictionary form)でしょう
Noun
な-adjective
い-adjective

Learn Japanese grammar: (deshou) can have numerous meanings, including I think; it seems that way; probably; I guess/wonder; right? (confirmation).

Although there are many different meanings, which may seem confusing, it is usually easy to understand from context.

Some important notes:

  • Can be shortened to just (desho), but the meaning is the same.
  • (deshou) is the more polite version of

Let’s look at some basic examples.

Example 1)

ashita wa ame ga furu deshou.

It will probably rain tomorrow.

I think it will rain tomorrow.

Example 2)

sensei wa mamonaku kuru deshou.

Sensei (the teacher) will probably come soon.

Used with questions

Example 3) showing speculation

sore wa nan deshou?

I wonder what that is..

JLPT grammar でしょう (deshou)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

だれかな
ano hito wa dare deshou?
I wonder who that person is..
Example #2

いいよ
ii deshou.
That sounds/seems good.
Example #3

簡単だね
kono mondai wa kantan desho?
This problem is easy, right?

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
明日あしたtomorrow
雨が降るあめがふるto rain
先生せんせいteacher
まもなくshortly
来るくるto come
あの人あのひとthat person
だれwho
問題もんだいproblem
簡単かんたんeasy

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