I want to say "I drank coffee WITH Harukaさん at Starbucks"

Is と the particle you use for "with"?


If use と here doesn't that mean "I drank Haruka and coffee at Starbucks"

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You'd say


to mean "I drank coffee with Haruka-san at Starbucks."

You'd say


to mean "I drank tea and coffee at Starbucks."

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    You can also say 私はハルカさんとスターバックスでコーヒーをのみました。 or 私はスターバックスでハルカさんと一緒にコーヒーをのみました。
    – user1016
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 6:31
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    Ok thanks. So the meaning of と is based on context. In the first sentence と used with a person means "with". In the second sentence it means "and".
    – Neil
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 7:00
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    Unfortunately, You couldn't solve the ambiguity by "person" or "thing". Think of 「化{ば}け物{もの}がハルカさんとブロッコリーを食べました」, here you can't decide if the monster ate broccoli with Haruka like in Beauty and the Beast, or just ate broccoli and Haruka. It all depends on common sense that you never "drink Haruka". Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 16:40

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