Can girls use だよね in everyday conversations?

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    Why do you believe this is gender-colored language? – jkerian May 7 '15 at 1:44
  • I think it's because of だ. – Aeon Akechi May 29 '15 at 10:14
  • @Nothingatall But だ is also gender neutral... – Seralyn Campbell Aug 18 '15 at 18:31
  • @SeralynCampbell It sounds rather masculine without a sentence ending particle. Of course, this is with a sentence ending particle. – Aeon Akechi Aug 18 '15 at 18:35

Certainly yes, girls can use だよね, but it may leave a slightly tomboyish impression. The first Japanese hip-hop song which sold one million records was called DA.YO.NE and is mainly performed by a girl.

On the other hand, boys can use だよね, too, but IMO it's mainly used by boys who always stick to 僕 instead of 俺 as a first-person pronoun. (I mean, it sounds a bit gentle or "pretty.")

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    What would those using 俺 likely say? – Eric May 5 '15 at 17:59
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    @Eric 「だろ?」「だろう?」「だよな?」辺りですかね… – naruto May 7 '15 at 16:26

I can confirm that women in their 20s and 30s say だよね with high frequency in Tokyo. Personalities in the range of very feminine to slightly boyish in behavior. That particular phrase seems fairly gender-neutral to me, I'd like to mention.

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