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In the sentence "Mr. Yamada goes to work at eight thirty." where would the に be placed? Would it be

a) やまださんははちじはんしごといきます。
b) やまださんははちじはんしごといきます。

Why?

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    Presumably you mean はちじごろ not はちじごと?
    – istrasci
    Feb 22, 2017 at 20:45

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Technically, you need to use に after both the time phrase (where it indicates "at") and after "job" (where it indicates "to"). So the correct sentence would be:

やまださんははちじはんにしごとにいきます。

While particles are often omitted in casual speech, omitting them in written Japanese would be grammatically incorrect.

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  • So... if this were said in a verbal conversation... you wouldn't use に at all??
    – Alex
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:09

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