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  1. G

    Question about omitting subject/object

    I have a question about when you can and cannot exclude the subject/object from a sentence. How do you use particles to indicate what the purpose of the sentence is? I've written this sentence: 父は殺そうした And I want it to mean: "My father tried to kill her". But I'm not sure if it means what I...
  2. S

    Question 'Noun を verb' vs 'Noun は verb'

    Hey all. I am trying to understand the difference between: 'Noun を verb' and 'Noun は verb'. For instance: 映画を見ます and 映画は見ます I read that turning the を into a は is to contrast the sentence, but since English is not my native language and I learned it, mostly, by watching TV, I have no idea what...
  3. H

    Help Some questions about particles

    Here are some questions that I have difficulty understanding the use of particles. 1. やっと日本の生活に慣れました Why is に used instead of を? Is 生活 not the object the speaker is trying to get used to? 2. 大阪で国際会議が開かれます Why is が used instead of を? Isn't 国際会議 the object being opened? Or is this like をは...
  4. H

    Help Questions about Particles in these Sentences

    I have some problems with particles in these sentences: 道を渡るとき、車に気を付けてください why is に used instead of を for the particle after 車? ここに触ると、CDが出ます。 This is a scenario of pushing a button to get the CD out of a CD player. Why is が used instead of を? I'm really having a hard time for particles...
  5. T

    Please help! Struggling to understand a few things about the particles- "ga" が and "wa"は

    I started learning japanese about a week ago and have recently just spent a bit of time learning some grammar. I understand all of this from this website- The difference between 「は」 and 「が」 | Tae Kim's Blog Me) 食べた? – Did you eat? You) 食べた。 – I ate. Now, what if I wanted to ask you if Alice...
  6. H

    Help Questions with the usage of particles in certain phrases.

    Hi! I've met several problems regarding which particle to use for some sentences. 1. Difference between 友達に話します and 友達とはなします 2. Difference between 学校へ行きます and 学校に行きます 3. I know 公園を散歩します you need to use を. If it's other action verbs like running, do I still use を? Why can't I use で? Thank you.
  7. Armando

    Question words + particles (nani)

    Hi all, I'm in the phase where I'm starting to realize the real power and utility of particles and I have some questions to check if I'm using them correctly or not. For instance let's talk about nani (what): Nani+ga i.e. Naniga suki desuka Now if I can combine nani+ga then may I also combine...
  8. alancito10t

    Going crazy with particles! (and +)

    Hi guys! First of all thank you for reading this. I've started Pimsleur two weeks ago and I think I'm making some progress on Japanese. At least, according to the roadmap I have in my mind! I don't know what you think here about Pimsleur (I mean, as a tool for learning the language), and I'm not...
  9. Vulcan879

    Help Why は and not が?

    I signed up for Lang-8, and on the site wrote a sentence I hazily remembered from Pimsleur, 'にほんごがすこしわかります。' A user corrected me with 'にほんごは、すこしわかります。' I'd like to know why he changed the particle が into は. (I'm asking here in case he can't respond.)
  10. Goldfire20

    Help Particle confusion...

    I came across this sentence that seemed weird to me (It's from a song so it may just be poetic, who knows). The sentence is this: 2人で海を歌う What confuses me is the を. Doesn't that make the sentence: "The two of us, singing the ocean"? Or does it have a different use that makes the sentence...
  11. RJMang

    Short, simple sentence: too many particles?

    For the simple question: Can I leave my bicycle here? I think I would say: わたしの じてんしゃわ ここの おきますか Is this correct? That seems like a lot of particles in a short sentence. Is there a better way of asking this?
  12. RJMang

    Particle + Verb to Speak

    This is simple, but I keep seeing two ways of saying, "Do you speak English". Often, I see it as: Eigo o hanasemasu ka. But, the present tense of the verb "to speak" is はなします、not はなせます. So, is it hanaSEmasu ka, or hanaSHImasu ka? Also, I see it with two different particles, sometimes を...
  13. D

    Help with は/わ reading.

    Hello everyone, I'm both new to learning Japanese and to the forums. I already have a few questions and I wanted to start with this one. I know "wa" is read as は when it's a particle and as わ when is not. My question is, is there a scenario where は by itself (as a particle) could be read as...
  14. P

    exact meaning of 気持ちのいい

    Hello everyone, I just stumbled across the sentence 気持ちのいい朝です in the anki deck I'm learning with and was wondering, what the meaning of the particle の in this context was. My dictionary says, 気持ち can either be a noun (meaning "feeling"), or an adverb (meaning "somewhat"). Is the 気持ち in this...
  15. Hans Kamp

    Phrase structure and particles and possible ambiguity

    Yesterday I went to my parents' house (actually their home). That fact I translated into: 私のお父さんとお母さんの家に行きました。 Watashi no otousan to okaasan no ie ni ikimashita. I wonder about the order how the particles are evaluated. If の has a higher precedence than と, the phrase could be interpreted as: I...
  16. M

    What's the difference between desu and yo?

    I read that 'yo' is used to assert something e.g. おいしいよ. Can you not also end it in 'desu'? Are they interchangeable? Do they have completely different meanings, or is it simply a difference in formality/politeness and strength of emphasis/how strongly you are asserting something? Edit: I know...
  17. Japanese Grammar - Part 7

    Language Japanese Grammar - Part 7

    Ancillary words Particles Particles in Japanese are postpositional—they immediately follow the modified component. A full listing of particles would be beyond the scope of this article, so only a few prominent particles are listed here. It should be noted that the pronunciation of some hiragana...
  18. Coffeesan

    Sentences with particles

    I was just wondering if people could throw a few simple and complex sentences at me (can be about anything) in Romaji, but point out exactly where the specific particles are such as the.. Topic markers Object markers Subject markers Time markers etc.. I'm starting to understand...
  19. samuraitora


    Hajimemashite. this is my first post. I have been studying Japanese for about 12 years on and off, and I still have a problem with particles. :oops: Is there an easy way to remember what they mean and how and where to use each one? :confused:
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