100 Grammar Points


27. To do, play する・します

Suru is indispensable in Japanese. It is used where no other verb dares to go! (Foreign words, nouns, and other scary things…) Think of it as “to do…

ジョギング する
jogingu suru
– to (do) jogging

ショッピング する
shoppingu suru
– to (do) shopping

サイン する
sain suru
– to sign (autograph)


勉強 する
benkyou suru
– to study

毎日、 日本語 を 勉強 します
mainichi, nihongo o benkyou shimasu.
Everyday, (I) am studying Japanese.

  • The を is the direct object marker.  Don’t worry about this now, just concentrate on suru.

Another usage of する -or- します is “to play” as in sports or games

野球 を する
yakyuu o suru.
To play baseball.

相撲 を する
sumou o suru.
To play
(do) Sumo.

バスケットバール を する
basuketto ba-ru o suru.

To play basketball.

将棋 を する
shougi o suru.
To play shogi (Japanese chess)

100 Grammar Points


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