Languages › Japanese Japanese Verb Conjugations - Matsu Conjugating the Japanese Verb "To Wait" Share Flipboard Email Print franckreporter / Getty Images Japanese Japanese Grammar History & Culture Essential Japanese Vocabulary By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated November 04, 2019 If you're in a Japanese-speaking community, knowing the Japanese word for "to wait" can come in handy in terms of everyday interactions. Maybe you're running late to a social event and need to apologize for keeping people waiting, or perhaps you have to push back a meeting at work for a few minutes. Maybe the host at a restaurant needs to ask you to wait before being seated. These charts will help you learn about verb groups and conjugations for the Japanese verb "matsu", which means "to wait". If you are not familiar with Japanese verb groups and conjugations, it is recommended that you click here for a review before you learn individual verb conjugations. Matsu Verb Conjugation matsu (to wait): Group 1 Informal Present(Dictionary Form) matsu待つ Formal Present(~ masu Form) machimasu待ちます Informal Past (~ ta Form) matta待った Formal Past machimashita待ちました Informal Negative(~ nai Form) matanai待たない Formal Negative machimasen待ちません Informal Past Negative matanakatta待たなかった Formal Past Negative machimasen deshita待ちませんでした ~ te Form matte待って Conditional mateba待てば Volitional matou待とう Passive matareru待たれる Causative mataseru待たせる Potential materu待てる Imperative(Command) mate待て Sentence Examples Matasete gomennasai.待たせてごめんなさい。 I am sorry to keep you waiting. Koko de matte kudasai. ここで待ってください。 Please wait here. Mou sukoshi materu? もう少し待てる？ Can you wait a little longer? Continue Reading How Do You Conjugate the Japanese Verb "Kuru" (to Come)? Japanese Verb Conjugations The 3 Japanese Verb Groups Japanese Lessons: Grammar, Vocabulary, Culture Learn Japanese with Audio Files Japanese Verb Conjugations: Group Two Japanese Verb Conjugations: Group One How to Use the Particle Ni in Japanese Learn How to Conjugate the Japanese Verb "Suru" Get Started Learning to Speak Japanese What Is Some Useful Dialogue for Japanese Restaurants? Expressing Emotions in Japanese Useful Japanese Verbs What is the Ko-So-A-Do System? What Does Matte Mean in Japanese? Learn Difference Between Japanese Words "Kudasai" and "Onegaishimasu"