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What is a subject? There's more than one theory of grammar, whether we're talking about English or Japanese, and you may find that the term subject has been defined multiple ways. But some definitions are more adequate than others. How can we define subject in a useful way? Let's start by looking at English, then move on to Japanese, and see we can ...


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Always keep in mind that Japanese is a head-final language and will put modifying clauses after the head. For example, your sentence can be broken down as: the cat (that I can't understand) is talking. In Japanese this would be (私がわからない)猫は喋っている as seafood258 already stated. Japanese does not use words such as that or which, and will place the modifying ...


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Like in English, Japanese nouns can be modified by phrases. The sentence you gave could be broken into: A cat is talking. ねこはしゃべっている。 I don't understand the cat. わたしはねこがわからない。 Combined, they yield: The cat I don't understand is talking. わたしがわからないねこは しゃべっている。 As you can see, one can simply prefix the noun with a descriptive phrase. It simply ...



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