I am try to translate “only one you” (only one of you but do not know if would translate correct) using yuiitsu as only one, does anata come before after thank you!

  • What is the implication, 1) "Everyone is unique in this world" or 2) "Only you can do it" or 3) other?
    – naruto
    Jul 26 '19 at 5:21
  • everyone is unique in this world
    – Olv Kon
    Jul 26 '19 at 5:42

Here are some fundamental rules:

  • An adverb cannot modify a (pro)noun. An adverb is for modifying a verb or an adjective. To modify a (pro)noun, you need an adjective.
  • Japanese modifiers almost always come before the modified word.

Therefore, you have to pick an adjective to modify あなた (anata, "you"). Fortunately, 唯一 (yuiitsu, "sole/only") can work as an adjective by adding the linking particle の (no). This type of word is called a no-adjective in Japanese. It has to be placed before the modified noun.

So you can say:

唯一のあなた (in kanji and kana)
ゆいいつのあなた (in kana only)
yuiitsu no anata (in romaji)

This is understandable, but I think this concept is better conveyed with a phrase like たった一人の自分 (tatta hitori no jibun; たった = tatta = "only", 一人 = hitori = "one (person)", 自分 = jibun = "self").

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