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Can someone please give a simple example of a direct object acting as the topic of a sentence?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a "homework" question. – istrasci Oct 11 '16 at 20:47
  • Voting to close a question you suspect to be homework isn't the StackExchange way. See meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/334822/… for more info. – lfalin Oct 11 '16 at 22:26
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    「宿題自分でやりなさい!」とか・・ – Chocolate Oct 12 '16 at 2:29
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    istrasci ... assuming "homework" is unwise! The question was asked by a 67-year-old retired individual, learning on his own! Thank you Ifalin! And thanks to all for answers! – Lou Oct 13 '16 at 12:43
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本は持って来ました。
I brought the book.

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をば買いました。
I bought the book.

(^^)

(東北で聞いた言い方ですけれども。)

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There is an old combination of using は immediately after を, essentially topicalizing the object phrase. This was more prominent in older times, and it has largely disappeared from modern standard Japanese, persisting mostly in dialect. When I lived in the Tōhoku region (the northeast of Honshū), I would hear this very occasionally -- mostly used by older folk.

The combination of を{o} + は{wa} causes the は{wa} to change to ば{ba}. This is a phenomenon called rendaku, where certain combinations cause voicing of the initial consonant of the second part.

In terms of meaning, をば is used to emphasize the object of the statement.

  • 東北ですか?どの辺?私も東北で住んでいますが、この言い方は聞いた事がないですね。 – stack reader Oct 12 '16 at 1:12
  • @stackreader: しばらく前のことですけれども、盛岡市の周辺にある老人ホームに訪問したときでした。喋られた日本語は老人に限ってさまざまな面でテレビで聞かれる「標準語」と違いました。例として、「らりるれろ」の発音さえ違いまして、まさに英語人が「La, Li, Lu, Le, Lo」をいっていたように聞こえました。 – Eiríkr Útlendi Oct 12 '16 at 1:17
  • 東北の老人ですか?それは大変ですね。私なら彼らのしゃべり方がまったくわかりません。 – stack reader Oct 12 '16 at 1:22
  • @stackreader: 自分ならその半分しか理解できませんでした。これはもう日本語じゃない、って感じでした。困っちゃったね!(^^) – Eiríkr Útlendi Oct 12 '16 at 1:27

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