This question has probably been asked to death, but better to ask than not to.

I'm currently using "Basic Kanji Book 1" and this is one of the sentences in it. I can work out the meaning, but not intuitively and visually.

e.g. If I say 'as the water flows from the top to the bottom', I can visualize and interpret the meaning as the sentence is spoken..


water, high と here from, と low here flows

Is it simply a lack of understanding of the と particle itself?

I think this step is kinda important as it may effect how I interpret and continue to learn in the future.

Thanks for your time.

  • Is there a particle like に or へ after 低いところ?
    – user1478
    Nov 25, 2017 at 0:36
  • so fast . ash yes sorry there is! へ
    – user26596
    Nov 25, 2017 at 0:38
  • hmm it's fine thanks anyways.. i think i will step back and cover と and へ sentence exapmples and see if it helps before moving onwards.
    – user26596
    Nov 25, 2017 at 0:46
  • Considering that the book is "basic kanji 1", it's somehow understandable that ところ and ながれる are not converted into their kanji: and 流れる
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 25, 2017 at 1:35
  • It appears you might have been reading ところ as と+ここ, but ころ is not ここ
    – Mark S.
    Nov 25, 2017 at 2:16

2 Answers 2



There is no particle と used in this sentence, I am afraid to say.

「ところ」 is one word meaning "place". It is not 「と + ころ」 as you seem to have analyzed it.

"Water flows from a high place to a low place."

is the literal translation of the sentence.


I don't think that's the particle と. It is the word ところ meaning place or location.

You can break the sentence down as follows:
水 - water
は - particle wa
高い - high
ところ - place
から - from
低い - low
ところ - place
へ - to
ながれる - flow

高いところ can then be understood to mean a place above, or an elevated area.
低いところ similarly can be understood to mean place below, or a lower area.
高い and 低い are the adjectives modifying the noun ところ.

  • i literally just face palmed. Thankyou
    – user26596
    Nov 25, 2017 at 0:56

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