I have a question with the follow sentence:


Is the particle に okay?

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  • Welcome to Japanese Language on StackExchange! Please see our Help section for questions that are on-topic. This borders on a direct translation request (which are off-topic), so you might want to refine the question. Maybe you can include why you chose to use , any alternatives you might have considered, etc. – istrasci Jun 25 '14 at 22:36
  • I'm not 100% sure, but what I think the question might be: if one simply plays a game, I think might be the appropriate particle, but in some cases, like online multiplayer games, or ones with sufficient immersive reality, one might consider themselves as being in the game. So maybe in that case, might or には work? Could changing the particle be a quick shorthand way to convey that my sense of agency is not toward the game but within the game? If that's what's being asked, then it would be a very interesting question (to me, anyway). – Questioner Jun 26 '14 at 1:18
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    My vote is it's a particle question, not a translation question. Looks fine to me. – Kaji Jun 26 '14 at 1:33
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    @Kaji, I think the problem is not so much whether it's translation versus particles, but even as a particle question, the asker doesn't demonstrate any effort on their side, so we don't know why this particular usage confuses them. We don't know the context, the source, or what the user thinks the meaning might be, or anything like that. It's hard to provide a specific answer if we don't know if the asker has even a basic understanding of particles. – Questioner Jun 26 '14 at 4:05
  • When 遊ぶ means "to study around contries or insist your theory there", it can take locative に. – user4092 Jun 26 '14 at 12:10

Is the particle に okay?

I'm afraid not. I think you can say it like this:


This is like "with", as in the instrumental (具格{ぐかく}) case, rather than "in" or "on".

Or you can also say:


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  • Just an additional question, as per my comment on the question, how would you express "I played in the game"? As in, a person had an avatar in a virtual reality game, and then inside the game they played around. So it's not that they play the game, but instead, within the game they play. Would ゲームには遊んでいます work? – Questioner Jun 26 '14 at 6:21
  • @Dave M G: "I played in the game" would be ゲームの中で遊んだ. – user4092 Jun 26 '14 at 12:06
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    @DaveMG Thank you for the edit. You'd use (物)で遊ぶ to mean "play with (物)", and (場所)で遊ぶ to mean "play in (場所)" too. eg: 部屋で遊ぶ(play in a room), オモチャで遊ぶ(play with a toy). When I hear ゲームで遊ぶ I think it means "play (with) a game", so I would use ゲームの中で遊ぶ to mean "play in a game". (But I'd use ゲームで for "in a game" when it's not ambiguous/confusing: ゲームで敵を倒した, メタルギアでワニを食べた, バイオハザードでルイスに撃たれた etc.) – user1016 Jun 26 '14 at 16:08
  • I believe that in this case the particle で is not the appropriate because the video game is an idea rather than a psychical object, but if we talk about the interface (xbox, play, pc..) that are being used the particle で it's ok. Thank you for the response. – unzero Jun 26 '14 at 22:41
  • Thank you for the additional explanation. :). – Questioner Jun 27 '14 at 0:54

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