After taking some notes from various classes, I have come across some of the same translations:

好{す}きな音楽{おんがく}:Favorite Music

好{す}きな人{ひと}:Favorite person


Why would one use 好{す}き instead of 大好{だいす}き or 大事{だいじ}? Are all correct, and its just a personal choice? (with the occasional exception of 大事{だいじ}) Thanks!

  • @Chcr Would you mind making that an answer and possibly expanding on why an individual would choose 大好き as opposed to 好き and vice-versa?
    – BJCUAI
    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:18
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    すき simply refers to whether you like something or not. It does not mean "favorite". As such, these questions can have more than one answer. If you wanted to ask for a single most favorite, I would suggest wording such as "一番好きな". Aug 7, 2018 at 4:51
  • @Chcr Please don't write answers as comments. Answers in the comment section may be removed without notice.
    – user1478
    Aug 8, 2018 at 0:34

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There are several ways to say favorite, e.g. 好き、大好き、お気{き}に入{い}り、大{だい}のお気{き}に入{い}り, etc. Use of either of these is a personal choice, but of course using a 大 would indicate a higher degree so 大好き>好き and 大のお気に入り>お気に入り as in the following examples:


My favorite subjects are science and music.


I like arithmetic too, but social studies is my favorite.

高校時代{こうこうじだい}からロックが好きでした。特にGuns N' Rosesはその時の大のお気に入りのバンドでした。

I liked rock music since high school. In particular, Guns N' Roses was my most favorite band at the time.

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