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Particle WO/O

Fehrant

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I'm confused. I thought the particle を (wo) and the particle "o" were two different things, then I started to noticed を was translated as "o", or maybe I mistook something? I'm extremely confused.

The particle "o" indicates the direct object, the target of the action, and the particle を indicates the direct object as well, although I'm not sure about the target of the action.

Gah. :mad:

Comments, please?
 

nice gaijin

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they are one and the same. Since the w is not pronounced, some people romanize it as "o," much like how some people write the particle は as "wa."

there is no "お" particle, there is only を. To ease the confusion, don't bother using romaji, and just stick to kana ;)
 

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So the simplest answer is the correct one, eh?

ありがとうございます。
 

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The Other O!

nice gaijin said:
there is no "お" particle, there is only を.
Are you sure? How about the honorific prefix 御 / お, like in お金, お箸, お茶 ...
お茶をどうぞ。 uses both "o"s. However, if you write it in romaji, you might get:
o-cha o douzo​
That's why romaji often uses "wo" to tell を and お apart, although the pronunciation is the same. This romanization is a bit easier to understand:
o-cha wo douzo​
 

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Here's what Koujien says about を:

平安中期までは「う」に近い半母音〔w〕に母音〔o〕を添えた〔wo〕だったが、現代では「お」〔o〕と同じに発音する。

Until the mid-Heian period, pronounced as /wo/ (formed by attaching the semivowel /w/ to the vowel /o/, but currently pronounced the same as お/o/.


That's not to say it's never pronounced as /wo/. It certainly is pronounced that way often in music, probably moreso than in everyday speech.
 

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Yeah, I've heard it pronounced "wo" in many songs. But when it's spoken, it's always pronounced the same as お by most people. So in those rare instances when doinkies uses romaji I usually romanize を as o.
 
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