I was reading about possession on the particle の and it stated one of the ways you can show possession was

これ は だれ の かんばん ですか

and I was just wondering if this would also work

あの かさ は だれ の ですか

I'm not sure if you need to have something for the の to connect to or if you can just do it this way.

  • The spacing would be a lot more normal as あのかさは だれのですか? and これは だれの かんばんですか? (and it would be easier to read).
    – Angelos
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:47
  • 1
    かんばん -- 「かばん」じゃなくて看板?
    – Chocolate
    Nov 10, 2019 at 1:41

3 Answers 3


Yes you can. This is one of the cases where effectively acts as の + noun. The noun is implicit and as stated in previous answers it is 物{もの}. You can read more about how works here.


Yes it works. だれの can stand for だれのもの too.


Well... how about this

あの かさ は だれ の もの ですか
Ano kasa-wa dare-no mono desu-ka?

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