VDIC + TSUMORI (つもり)
TSUMORI (つもり) is used to express the intention of doing something. The word literally means “intention.” つもり is preceded by a verb in the dictionary form. The structure is:
- vDic + TSUMORI + DA (plain form used with friends and family)
- vDic + TSUMORI + DESU (polite form)
|Boku wa nihon ni iku tsumori (da).|
|I intend to go to Japan.|
Literally: In my case, there is the intention of going to Japan.
You may want to say that you had the intention of doing something (past tense):
|Boku wa nihon ni iku tsumori datta.|
|I meant to go to Japan.|
Literally: In my case, there was the intention of going to Japan.
It’s the final copula, DESU (です) or DA (だ), that takes the past tense form (DESHITA or DATTA / でした or だった), never the verb that precedes TSUMORI.