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Difference between yoroshii desu ka? and shimasu ka?

kitty-cupcake

kitty-cupcake

Is there a big difference between these two phrases? Just wondering! -arigato! n_n
2679

2679

Yoroshii desu ka ? is a question which implies whether YOU WANT to do something. Shimasu ka ? is a question which does not refer necessarily to you as the one executing the action. So in way, these would be the translations: - Yoroshii desu ka ? Would you like to ? - Shimasu ka ? Should (I/we/you/he/she) do ? So basically, here: Shimasu takes it's primary meaning/role (the dictionary form is: suru = to do), while yoroshii can be seen as a "would you like". Hope this clarifies things a bit, コッド
kitty-cupcake

kitty-cupcake

thank you very much... that clarifies a lot! thank you again... :)
Pascal-P

Pascal-P

An easy way to think of it is that "Yoroshii desu ka?" is checking to see if something is okay. It literally means "Is it good/all right?", and can be tacked on to the ends of sentences. "Shimasu ka?", like Coddo says, is just a question asking if something is/will be done. It doesn't even necessarily have a "should" aspect to it. More literally "Shimasu ka?" is "Does/do I/you/he/she/it/they do/will do (it)?" If you literally wanted to include the 'should', you might use something like "Suru beki/hazu desu ka?".
kitty-cupcake

kitty-cupcake

thank you too! that helps :3
2679

2679

Thanks for pointing those out Pascal-san. As English is my second language, I still get jumbled at small details :)

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