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やむ/~やむ

やむ/~やむ

Today’s Grammar Point: やむ/~やむ

Today’s post is about the verb む, which means something that has been continuing to stop or subside. It is an intransitive verb, so やむ is used for the stoppage which does not get affected by the speaker’s intention. For details of the kanji 止, see this page.

Examples

あめんだ。
It stopped raining.

あめったりんだりしている。
It’s been raining on and off.

ようやく階下かいかさわぎがんだ。
Finally the noise downstairs died down.

かぜ全然ぜんぜんみそうにない。
The wind is not likely to die down.

ながあいだ拍手はくしゅまなかった。
The applause did not die down for a long time.

はやいたみがむといいですね。
I hope the pain goes away soon.

~やむ

止む can also be used with the stem of limited verbs like listed below

Connection

  • [verb stem] やむ

Examples

  • む = to stop crying
    • あかぼうまなくてこまった。
      I didn’t know what to do because my baby didn’t stop crying.
  • む = to stop chirping
    • やっとせみんだ。
      Finally the cicadas stopped chirring.
  • む = to stop blowing
    • かぜんだ。
      The wind has stopped.
  • む = to stop raining/snowing
    • あめんだから、明日あしたはいい天気てんきになるだろう。
      It has rained itself out, so it will be fine tomorrow.
    • ゆきんで、青空あおぞらひろがった。
      The snow stopped and the blue sky spread.

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