In Japanese, this is a verb ending which modifies the verb to indicate a desired rather than an actual action. The -tai form is created by replacing the -masu of the normal form with -tai. The verb is then treated more or less like an adjective.

Example 1:

    Asoko ni imasu.
    I am going over there.

    Asoko ni itai desu.
    I want to go over there.
Example 2:
    Tori o tabemasen.
    I do not eat chicken.

    Tori o tabetaku arimasen.
    I do not want to eat chicken.

As with adjectives,

  • -taku is the negative form
  • -takatta is the past tense form
  • -taku nakatta is the negative past tense form