WHat does "E desu" mean?

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WHat does "E desu" mean?

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I for got where I heard it but if I remember corectly (which I probably don't) I though it meant "That it is". And id that's not what it means, how do you say "That it is"?
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Re: WHat does "E desu" mean?

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Very simply
"e desu" is actually written "ii desu" and means "it's good", "it's alright" and can sometimes mean "thats enough". In fact it has a whole lot of meanings, but I would be here all day explaining them

"That it is" would be "sou desu", normally implying that you are agreeing with something someone has said
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isn't "desu" a phrase said ina way of speaking like degoxarou, and naruto's dattebayo?
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isn't "desu" a phrase said ina way of speaking like degozarou, and naruto's dattebayo?
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Re: WHat does "E desu" mean?

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Well, yes, in a way. degozaru is an older more polite variant of desu. Dattebayo is a bit diferent, you the "da" with is the plain fomr of desu "tte" wich indicates a quote of something that is said "ba" which is a conditional form, and "yo" is en emphasis marker

so

"kore desu" - "it's this"

"kore dattebayo" "I'm saying it's this" "I said it's this"

And no, "dattebayo" DOES NOT mean "believe it!"
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