I'm reading a manga and a man (Shusuke) and woman (Nozomi) are having a conversation. It starts out with them talking about congratulating a mutual friend (Sawada) on getting a job when Shusuke says:



I believe it says "Ah— That guy (Sawada) is aiming for you, Nozomi-chan." Since there are no particles, I'm just guessing.

Nozomi responds by saying Sawada told her she can make a reservation to the restaurant any time she wants and then says:



Which I've translated to "I wonder..." but I don't understand the rest of the sentence because I don't know what  means which, in turn, causes me to not know what つく means. I'm guessing つく is a verb because when I look it up on jisho.org, only verbs come up. Jisho.org doesn't turn anything up for ル/る either.

So, I guess I actually have 2 questions, but I didn't want to separate them because they flow together for contextual reasons.

  1. How to translate the first sentence since there are no particles

  2. What does ルのつく mean

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    I feel it could be ル as in the French "Le". The basic meaning being "A restaurant with 'le' attached to the name", which has a kind of implication of some fancy French place that she's wondering if she can get a reservation at? Could be completely off though.
    – user1624
    Jul 17 '16 at 8:49



This sentence means exactly what you guessed it did.

Note that there is no particle "omitted" between 「のぞみちゃん」 and 「狙い」. 「~~狙い」("aiming at ~~") is a very common phrase and it can be treated as one word as far as grammar.

Regarding 「ルのつくお[店]{みせ}」, it means "the shop/eatery whose name starts with 「ル」". 「つく」 is indeed a verb and it is written 「付く」 in kanji. = "to be attached", literally. Here, it means "to be included (in the spelling), particularly as the first kana".

「ルのつくお店」 is, of course, a relative clause in which 「の」 means 「が」. There has been a question about this 「の」 recently.

  • So I can use the ”ルの付く” set-up as a general format for "noun that starts with this (or has this) kana?" (kana) の付く (noun)
    – Rose
    Jul 17 '16 at 15:00
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    @Rose Yes, 付く can mean both "starts with" and "has". For example, see 数字のつく歌.
    – naruto
    Jul 17 '16 at 21:07

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