Saying that you want an object

ほしい is an い adjective and means ‘desirable’.

It is translated as ‘want’ in English. ほしい inflects in the same way as an い adjective.

Present Future Past
Plain ほしい ほしかった
Plain polite ほしいです ほしかったです
Plain negative ほしくない ほしくなかった
Plain negative polite ほしくないです

ほしい indicates that the speaker wants something.

In full, the original sentence is 私はゆかたがほしいです, but 私は is usually omitted.

〜んです is the colloquial speech for 〜のです.

おなかがいたいのです。→ おなかがいたいんです。

It is used when the speaker is explaining or asking for an explanation.

In the example sentence,ゆかたがほしいです, the speaker is explaining the reason she is at the counter/shop. It sounds a little blunt and unnatural without it. In informal speech, んだ is usually associated masculinity and の with femininity.

Male: くつがほしいんだ。

Female: かばんがほしいの。

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