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この習慣は日本に特有のものです。

But if I were to ask a question, この習慣は日本に特有のものか would have a negative tone so what word do I use instead?

  • This is pretty confusing and the question title doesn’t seem to match the body. Do you need the original sentence or the question form of it? What is “negative tone” and for which word do you need replacement? – Igor Skochinsky Dec 31 '18 at 13:49
  • @IgorSkochinsky yes sorry I wrote it a bit confusing, I want to know how to say the original sentence as an informal question. – Omae wa mou shindeiru Dec 31 '18 at 13:54
  • What about simply saying: この習慣は日本に特有? Or この習慣は日本に特有なの? – Florian Baierl Dec 31 '18 at 14:52
  • why do you think it sounds negative? – Igor Skochinsky Dec 31 '18 at 16:53
  • @IgorSkochinsky japanesetest4you.com/flashcard/… – Omae wa mou shindeiru Dec 31 '18 at 20:41
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この習慣は日本に特有のものです。

To turn it to an informal question, you could use...

この習慣は日本に特有のもの?
この習慣は日本に特有のものなの?

(Here, the もの is a normal noun, 物.)


The ものか that you're talking about is a sentence ending particle (終助詞). I'd expect it used this way..

「この習慣は日本に特有だ。」
→ 「この習慣が日本に特有なものか!/特有なもんか!」

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