Questions tagged [particle-が]

助詞「が」. Nominative case particle, typically indicating the subject of a verb or other predicate. Also a conjunctive particle and, in Classical Japanese, a genitive case particle.

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Difference between ことが and ことは

What is the difference in the meanings of the following sentences when 事がある is replaced with 事はある? 週末はたいてい家で休んでいるがたまに公園に行く事がある。 週末はたいてい家で休んでいるがたまに公園に行く事はある。 I could find the grammar form ことがある in ...
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は vs が when the subject is modified by a relative clause

Please note that the question is not whether the subject in a relative clause should be followed by は or が. (In that case I am aware that the thematic は cannot be used.) I was reading section II.2, Wa ...
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Help with understanding the following sentence: 考えても見るがいい

So, again, the sentence is 考えても見るがいい and the provided English is Just think about it. (context) I don't understand quite anything about the sentence. I know of the てみる structure but I don't really ...
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What is the difference when I swap が and は in this sentence

I want to know if my first translation of a sentence is wrong and more importantly why. I'm using Duolingo as one of a couple tools for learning Japanese. Today I got the sentence "The coffee ...
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Using のいない rather than がいない for a noun modifying clause [duplicate]

https://twitter.com/Rika_Furude0821/status/1604386169034153985/photo/1 In this comic, 梨花 is being told "梨花ちゃんのいない未来なんて御免だ" Which I think means: "I'm so sorry for a future without Rika&...
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で・と・が・は - Nuance

ボブと戦ってる Fighting with Bob (Against Bob/Bob is fighting someone, and that same someone is fighting Bob) ボブが戦ってる Bob is fighting ボブたちが戦ってる Bob and them are fighting (not necessarily together nor ...
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紅茶がコーヒーより美味しいと思う

A native speaker corrected a learner's sentence from やっぱり紅茶はコーヒーより美味しいと思う to やっぱり紅茶がコーヒーより美味しいと思う I think 紅茶はコーヒーより美味しい sounds perfectly natural. Using は with 思う also seems to be commonplace which ...
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Is it possible to use が twice in a subordinate clause?

Is it possible to use double が within the same subordinate clause, or is it grammatically incorrect/awkward? For example: 私が目が覚めたとき。。。 私が腹が立つとき。。。 彼が腹が黒いのに。。。 Is there a context in which these may ...
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Usage of は and が in 文明が進むと、社会は複雑さを増す

文明が進むと、社会は複雑さを増す。 In this sentence, 1 - What are the reasons for using が and は particles in their respective places? 2 - Could we replace any of these two particles with the other one? If yes, how ...
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ハムとチーズが山型パンで、ほうれん草がチャバタです

In this conversation (video clip): 店員:お決まりですか? 客1:私はハムとチーズで山型パン 店員:はい 客2:じゃ私はほうれん草をチャバタでお願いします。 店員:はい、ありがとうございます。 店員:お願いします オーナー:はい 店員:ハムとチーズが山型パンで、ほうれん草がチャバタです。 オーナー:はい、お願いします。 I am not sure why が ...
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What is the function of のかも in a question sentence like this

エリートにも まだまだ解らない事が あるものです, 何故アナタがまだ 私を見捨てずにそこで 戦い続けているのかも, 何故 私がそこに向かおうと しているのかも What is the function of のかも in this sentence? の can act as explanatory particle and かも can be translated into "...
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Can I replace が with の in this sentence(私に···あなたが命を懸けて護る価値はない.)

私に···あなたが命を懸けて護る価値はない. From what I heard, 命を懸けて is a set phrase which means the action of risking one life(which means the whole phrase is considered as a verb right?) Out of curiosity, can I change ...
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友人と as a subject

A sentence from a blog whose host is temporarily absent from school: 実際に行動を起こすなら友人とがいい。 This sentence is not difficult to understand. I was able to rule out the possibility of がいい here acting as a ...
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Literal translation / grammar of「〜が上手です」?

There's something strange in the grammar when translating this sentence: "You are skilled at tennis." 「テニス が 上手です」 In English, "you" is the subject. But in Japanese, テニス ("...
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の / が equivalence in this haiku from Bashō

I am aware of the equivalence of the particules の and が in the case of a relative clause (cf. for instance How does the の work in 「日本人の知らない日本語」?). However, the following haiku does not seem to fall ...
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Multiple が in sentence with adjective

Is it natural to use multiple が in one sentence like this one below? 日本人は私の友だちが背が高いことに驚きました。 Is it correct and more natural to rephrase it like this? 日本人は私の友だちの背が高いことに驚きました。
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「あさってが日曜日は暇ですか。」どうして「が」っていう助詞が出ますか [closed]

‎今日本語の教科書を勉強して、次の文が出ました。 あさってが日曜日は暇ですか。 どうして「が」っていう助詞が出ますか。自分に次の文の方が意味がある。 あさっての日曜日は暇ですか。
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Why is それ marked with a で particle in "それでいいですよ"?

それでいいですよ。 I assume this translates to something like "That is good". But why is それ marked by a で particle here instead of, say, a が or a は particle? It seems that それ is acting as the ...
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How acceptable is 英語を上手になりたい?

英語が上手になりたい is the correct way to say it, and I have always considered 英語を上手になりたい incorrect. I occasionally see/hear the を version from native speakers, but it didn't bother me that much, thinking that ...
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Difference between ~ことは and ~ことが

What is the difference between: 練習することが大切です。 練習することは大切です。
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は・が in 犬が死んだ and 犬は死んだ

犬が死んだ 犬は死んだ は is typically used to mark something already in context as the topic. Would that be equivalent to "The dog died" since "The" typically marks something know? が is a ...
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Subordinate clauses that are not for comparison - should we use が or は?

In a subordinate clause, が is often used. However, some sentences with けど or のに are used with は because they are for comparison. But it seems to me that some sentences with けど or のに are not for ...
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Do "Nani o tabetai" and "Nani ga tabetai" have the same meaning? [duplicate]

Sometimes you see japanese people (or japanese descendant I guess) writing nani ga tabetai desuka? and sometimes they write Nani o tabetai desu ka? Is there any difference in meaning, nuance or ...
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Regarding the use of が instead of は in 「いけのなかにさかな{が・は}たくさんいますか。」

いけのなかにさかな_たくさんいますか。 So my question is, would the particle affect the emphasis we want to put on either asking if there ARE Fish inside the pond, or if we are asking how MANY Fish there are in the ...
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Implications of using either が/は in 足跡が/は消えない

I came across this line in a song and was wondering why が was used over は: 足跡が消えない I would interpret the usage of が to mean that out of everything, the 足跡 left behind is specifically the thing that ...
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Questions about Neutral が - 見て、あの鳥があの虫を食べた。 Is this acceptable?

One of the usages of が is to describe something that is happening in front of the speaker's eyes. I have read many example sentences in books and online, they are often used with 自動詞 with ている and with ...
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Does the が particle always mark the focus when marking the subject?

I recently read lots of articles/posts from the が particle usages and there is something which isn't clear for me. So the basic usage of the が is to mark the subject of the sentence. But in addition が ...
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Why use の instead of が?

I know that の can be used instead of が when modifying a noun like in these examples: 日本語のわかる人 私のできる日本語 But in these cases: 健康のためにあるいはリクリエーションのためにというスポーツのある一方で、スポーツが仕事というプロスポーツも存在している。 ...
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Regarding the phrase 破れないのが不思議なくらい指に力がこもっていた。

So from the context I expect to mean the same thing as 不思議なくらい指に力がこもっていたが、封筒は破れなかった/封筒が破れるにはならなかった。But in that case, what way 破れないの is the subject, and does it have (withが) the meaning of なのに ?
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Uses of double が, or が + は, in the same sentence, in Japanese

This sentence: もう少しディスプレイが大きいのはありませんか。 is supposed to mean: Do you have one with a slightly larger display? However, I don't understand why もう少し doesn't go attached to 大きい, since the former is ...
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Nested が in the form Aが(Bが...)

Please excuse me for not using the proper grammar jargons. I am trying to parse the following sentence. (It is taken from this book. For this post it is crucial that I should not make a mistake ...
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Why is が used this way in this sentence with 好き?

せんぱいが好きな食べ物は、なんですか? I come across this sentence in a web novel, I think it is supposed to be せんぱいの好きな食べ物は、なんですか?Why is せんぱい marked with が here? Is there a different use of the word すき other than the ...
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What does 角が立つ mean? [closed]

智に働けば角が立つ I found this when I was reading kusamakura and I didn't understand it.
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What does "ふってきて mean in the sentence "これが、突然空からふってきて..."? [duplicate]

I know the sentence means something like "This suddenly came out of the sky...". "これが" means "this is" (side question: why add "が" instead of just keeping it as ...
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気がつく and 気づく particle usage?

For 気がつく, since the が particle is always attached to 気, making it the subject of the clause, so you can't say 私がことに気がつくbut 私はことに気がつく. But I wonder if you can make 私 the subject if you use 気づく? since ...
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壁は内側が白くて外側は緑です, why 内側が白くて use が and 外側は緑 use は

why 内側が白くて use が and 外側は緑 use は why not 壁は内側は白くて外側は緑です or 壁は内側が白くて外側が緑です?
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Is が wrong in sentences like 私がplaceに行ったことがある?

I saw someone getting corrected for using が in a ことがある sentence, and I was wondering why using が in sentences specifically like 私がplaceに行ったことがある is wrong, I can't seem to wrap my head around it. I was ...
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What does が mean in the following context [duplicate]

In the following sentence "私も髪を切りたいんですが、いい所を知っていますか。" Does the が mean "but...(implied reason of not knowing a good place to get a haircut)" in a similar way to が at the end of a ...
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Change into intransitive form

How will the following sentence be written using intransitive verb. Will the verb 建てる use が or を うちの前に高いビルを建てました。 Will it be: うちの前に高いビルが建てられて日当たりが悪くなりました。 Or うちの前に高いビルを建てられて日当たりが悪くなりました。
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羽を咲いている and 羽が咲いている difference

I've been told 羽を咲いている is incorrect. Can someone explain why I can't use を here?
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In the sentence, "母がすしを作ります。", why do we use が instead of は?

My book sentence: 母がすしを作ります。 I consulted another book, which states: The case particle ga can mark the subject of the sentence. However, when the subject noun is also treated as the topic of the ...
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What nuance does the が particle add in the following sentence? At what time would each sentence be more appropriate?

両親は結婚した時、どこにも行きませんでした。 VS 両親が結婚した時、どこにも行きませんでした。
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Difference in sentences using は+が vs は+は

So I've come across these two sentences: 雨は降っていますが、雪は降っていません and 雨は降っていません。雪が降っています。 so what i think is happening is that the first sentence shows contrast. in the first sentence, we simply ...
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is は/が always needed to make a grammatically correct sentence?

I listen to a lot of Japanese music, and a common trend I've seen with a lot of them are to say 「≪pronoun≫≪noun≫」. For example, 「あたし猫」 = "I'm a cat." My question is, is this grammatically ...
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What's the difference between が and の in this sentence?

On Kana-Boon's スノーグローブ (Snow Globe) song, there are two versions of the same sentence: 君が好きな白い雪になろう 君の好きな白い雪になろう What is the difference between these two sentences? Does の have a possession meaning, ...
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Why is が used instead of を in this sentence?

From Shin Kanzen Master JLPT N1 Grammar: あ、本が出しっぱなしだ。 I thought that 出す always follows を, i.e. you (subject) take out something (object). Is it because 本 is emphasized in this sentence, similar to how ...
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Direct object marked with a が? [duplicate]

I found the next sentence: 懐かしい。目を閉じれば、彼女との昔の事がまざまざと思い出せる It's marked with a が because of the adverb? Or is it something else?
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Why is に used in this sentence? 彼は彼女に見覚えがある。

Why is に used in this sentence? 彼は彼女に見覚えがある。 Also, why is 見覚え marked by が?
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How does the double が function in this sentence?

I came across this sentence today 「アンタの本音が何で、嬢ちゃんが何を伝えたいかは俺にはハッキリ分かったがなぁ……」and was thrown off by the double が. I think I understand it but it still kinda puzzled me for a bit. Can some clarify this?
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Comparison with ほうは rather than ほうが

Continuing my mission to understand how people can learn Japanese with Duolingo (I'm sure it's not possible) I was posed the following sentence: My current apartment is more spacious than my previous ...
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