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Learn JLPT N4 Vocabulary: 壊す (kowasu)

Learn JLPT N4 Vocabulary: 壊す (kowasu)

Kana: こわす
Kanji: 壊す
Romaji: kowasu

Type: Verb
Meaning: to break; to destroy; to demolish; to wreck; to ruin; to spoil; to damage
JLPT level: N4

Example sentences:

私はこれをシンプルな一言で説明した。「壊した人が持ち主になる。」
watashi wa kore o shinpuru na hitokoto de setsumei shita. kowashita hito ga mochinushi ni naru.
I had come up with a simple expression that summarized these ideas: “If you break it, you own it.”

第一の指示だ。全員マスクに付いているカメラを壊せ。
daiichi no shiji da. zen’in masuku ni tsuite iru kamera o kowase.
First order. I want all of you to smash the cameras on your helmets.

壊す Verb Conjugation

Infographic: conjugation of Japanese verb 壊す. Click on image to view full size.

私は、この時計は故意にポケットに入れられて、壊されたものであると、確信しました。
watashi wa, kono tokei wa koi ni poketto ni irerarete, kowasareta mono de aru to, kakushin shimashita.
I felt sure that the watch had been deliberately placed in the pocket—destroyed.

オフィスの構造と手法まで変えた。蒸気を動力としていた工場を電動機向けに改築した企業のように、壁や垂直のサイロを壊したのだ。
ofisu no kouzou to shuhou made kaeta. jouki o douryoku toshite ita koujou o dendouki muke ni kaichiku shita kigyou no you ni, kabe ya suichoku no sairo o kowashita no da.
It changed its office architecture and practices—basically tearing down its walls and silos—just like those companies that adjusted the architecture of their steam-run factories to the electric motor.

壊す (kowasu)

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 破坏 (pòhuài)
Korean: 부수다 (busuda)

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