Take the 2-minute tour ×
Japanese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Japanese language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This is an example from an iPhone app called Tae Kim's learning Japanese:

子供だったアリスが立派な大人になった。 - The Alice that was a child became a fine adult.

The part "fine adult" or "立派な大人" confuses me. The "な" between 立派 and 大人, what is it? A particle, part of the word 立派 or what?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

立派 is a 形容動詞 or adjectival noun. As 立派 alone, it is a noun essentially meaning "fineness". It needs the な after it to let it modify other nouns such as 大人 to turn it into "fine adult".

If you're using Tae Kim's guide, I would suggest you go back a couple sections and check out this page: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/adjectives

share|improve this answer
    
Ah yes, I figured I forgot something...na adjectives. –  P.Brian.Mackey Dec 8 '13 at 16:52
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.