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Why is toru used in this sentence toshi wo toru?

melon
Asked 5 years ago

Hello,

I know this sentence means to grow old but can anyone explain why it is the verb toru and not the verb naru.


When I literally translate the sentence it means 'to take old'. But I can't make sense of it.

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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Well, if you translate it differently, it can mean "to take years", or "to harvest years", which in turn would mean that it describes the process of accumulating years. Or growing older. At least that's what I'd think. If that makes sense.

dippy
Answered 5 years ago

Yeah that makes sense. Thanks dippy San. I'll try to think of it like that from now on! :)

melon
Commented 5 years ago

Yeah that makes sense. Thanks dippy San. I'll try to think of it like that from now on! :)

melon
Commented 5 years ago

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dippy-san's explantions sounds good!

Some expressions cannot be transleated literally. 

Masako
Answered 5 years ago