, sometimes seen in the kanji form 気（げ）
is a suffix in Japanese that expresses that something is ‘giving off the feeling of (A)’, or ‘seems like (A)’. げ
is frequently used in relation to emotions, feelings, and things that the speaker generally can’t be 100% sure of due to them not being directly visible.
is primarily seen used after the stem form of い-Adjectives, but may also appear following the stem forms of nouns of な-Adjectives. In all of these cases, the addition of げ
creates a new な-Adjective meaning ‘(A) seeming’. Due to this, げ
may then be followed by either な or に, depending on whether it is altering a verb or a noun later in the sentence.
I may have given off the appearance of being confident, but actually, I was super nervous and felt like I was going to throw up.
When I saw highschool students seemingly having a good time talking to each other at a fast food restaurant, it reminded me of the time when I was a highschooler.
Seemingly nervous, Takahashi-kun raised his hand.
is more subjective (based on the speaker’s opinion) than そう, and is considered to be very low confidence. This may be considered a byproduct of the original 気（き）
, meaning of ‘attention’, referring to the way that the speaker ‘senses (A)’, regardless of what is actually true for (A) on the inside.