This question popped in our exam in which you had to choose which particle was right. The question was:


with に or まで as the options. まで didn't make sense for me and I don't know if going with に is possible.

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Yes it's perfectly possible to use the same particle twice or more in a sentence and even in the same clause, and it is very common.

There are some restrictions e.g., I don't think you can have the object marker を more than once within a single clause, but then を only has one function (almost). に is a particle with many different functions.

You are correct that the missing particle is に and this does not cause any ambiguity or difficulty in understanding.

(I) gave flowers to mum on (her) birthday.


Yes it is possible and repeated use of に in your sentence would be the most correct and natural way.

誕生日に on my Mom's birthday (implied to be Mom's birthday based on context)

母に to my Mom

花をあげました I gave flowers

There is no rule that a particle cannot be repeated in a sentence and your sentence can be further extended.


On my birthday, I gave Mom flowers and I gave Dad flowers and I gave my little brother flowers and without giving Grandma flowers I ran away.


It is possible to have. に has different meanings after 誕生日 and 母.

  • 1
    ?? What language is that?
    – chocolate
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 12:40
  • @Chocolate looks like Turkish
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:02
  • 1
    And why was it added at all? I feel like editing it out...
    – istrasci
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:27

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