ます］+ げ + に(1)
い］+ げ + に(1)
［な］Adjective + げ + に(1)
(1) な + Noun
げ 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.
- 自信ありげに見えたかもしれないけど、実はめちゃくちゃ緊張してて吐きそうだった。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.
- 高校生たちがファストフード店で楽しげに話しているのを見て、自分が高校生の頃を思い出した。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.
- 高橋くんは不安げに手を上げました。Seemingly nervous, Takahashi-kun raised his hand.
When someone says: 'Do as I say, and you will get rich in no time', a warning light in my head turns on and I begin to think that 'this gives off the appearance of a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme'. One must always be wary of people like this.
A: 'Why are you giving off the appearance of being so satisfied?'
B: 'I passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test!'
She left with a seemingly sad look upon her face after hearing my words. I don't understand the change in her demeanor.
Every time I see children seemingly enjoying themselves, I recall my childhood. And, without thinking, I smile.
Looking at the children they were giving the appearance of being envious, so I divided up the candy and gave it to them.
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