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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Predicates that are a static, stable state

I'm reading into the が particle's various functions and the book I'm reading states that apparently the subject with が receives only the exhaustive-listing interpretation "if the predicate is a ...
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は vs が in neutral sentences

I have a couple of situations I was hoping someone could help me understand if が or は is more appropriate in the following situations. Scenario A: Describing what a person is doing. You are by ...
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I have a particle curiosity

I tried translating"Grandpa fell down the stairs and got serious injuries". Since Grandpa is the subject,I used the wa particle,and since the action is in the past,I used the ta ending for &...
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Meaning of 奴のが?

This is from Death Note-One Shot Especial, Ryuk says this sentence そういうのが得意って奴のが向いてるかも。 what is the function of the の in 奴のが?
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Meaning of が and おく in 言っておくが? [duplicate]

言っておくが、私に怒っても始まらないよ。= I'm telling you it will do you no good to be angry at me. Does が mean 'but' in the sentence? Does おく mean 'in advance' in the sentence? If YES, what lead to the translation above?...
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Function of が instead of な here

あなたのへんがお写真を、シアトル市におくります。 What is the function of が here?   why not あなたのへんなお写真?
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Difference between 在留資格のある外国人 and 在留資格がある外国人 [duplicate]

In this NHK news, the title is written as 在留資格のある外国人 But in the article, the last paragraph is written as 在留資格がある外国人 From my understanding of grammar, the first one 在留資格のある外国人 is 「NのN」 and then a sub-...
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What is the difference between XはYが and XにYがあります?

For example, what is the difference between these sentences?: 日本は神社が多い。 日本に多い神社があります。 Don't they both mean "There are many shrines in Japan"?
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[subject][に instead of が] before transitive verb

先生に教えていただいてはじめて、プログラミングの面白さが分かりました。 =I didn’t realize how interesting programming was until my teacher taught me. 教える is a transitive verb. So why is に used over が? I didn't find my issue in Q: ...
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What nuance does も add instead of が? [duplicate]

最新技術をもってすればその開発も難しくないだろう。 最新技術をもってすればその開発が難しくないだろう。 Since 2) is a complete sentence and doesn't need any more context to perfectly/accurately understand it(i think). Can 1) also be considered a ...
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Why wasn't が used instead of には in [そんなこと、私にはとても出来ない。]?

Why wasn't が used instead of には in [そんなこと、私にはとても出来ない。]? Is it correct to use が? What is the meaning/sense and role of には in the sentence to choose it over the が particle? English: There's no way I ...
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What does て-form plus が mean?

I'm reading 「傘を持たない蟻たちは」and there is a sentence that reads:「その肌の白さが際立ったのは、着ていたタンクトップと肘から手にかけてが黒かったからだった。」What conjugation is て-form plus が?
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Usage of は over に to mark seasonal changes

For context, I have the following text speaking about the leaves of a maple tree. これは花ではありません。 「かえで」 の葉です。 秋は赤いです。夏は緑です。 I understand that the phrase in bold would be translated as something like &...
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Is it true that のが sometimes means のですが? [duplicate]

のが would usually mark a subject, but someone once told me it could mean のですが. Is this true or did I get bad information? This is from ビジテリアン大祭 私がニュウファウンドランドの、トリニテイの港に着きましたのは、恰度大祭の前々日でありました。事によると、...
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difference when using は and が with てくれる structure

So, I think that I'm not alone when it comes to being confused about when は and が are supposed to be used, but here I would like to ask about a specific example 浅野君は(私に)かわいい手袋を編んでくれた x 浅野君が(私に)...
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Intuitive way to justify this usage of「に」

An earlier question on JP.SE asked about the usage of the particle「に」for what seemed to be attribution or possession, but I wasn't sure if those were 'official' uses of「に」and I decided to do some ...
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Please help me to deconstruct the grammar of this relative clause: この法律に違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動をやめています。

This is an excerpt from an NHK easy article talking about the new law passed in Hong Kong: この法律に違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動をやめています。 この法律に this law 違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動 activities (by?) government groups (...
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Purpose of ending this sentence with noun + が

The sentence is 総務から領収書出せって連絡が But I can't understand the purpose of 連絡が I remember reading once that (noun + が)'s can sometimes be moved to the front of the sentence and still hold the same meaning,...
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が in ゆえに or んがため; が > の shift? [duplicate]

I am well aware that が and の are interchangeable in cases like this where there is a "subordinate clause" (forgive my imprecise language). However, as I was working through my N1 grammar reviews, I ...
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Identifying relative clauses: Is this の replaceable with が?

I was browsing through the Japanese Dictionary for the definition of "歯医者” One of the definition is as follow "歯の治療をする医者". I believe that the の here is replaceable with が here. But I am not sure how ...
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The translation of the 11th sentence of chapter 31 of Assimil “Japanese With Ease” makes me wonder about が and も

あら, この 水色【みずいろ】 の 縁【ふち】が ついた ガウン も 安【やす】い です ね。 So the sentence is part of a dialogue in which two women are shopping. It is translated as: Oh, this gown with the light blue border is cheap as ...
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Difference in meaning between は and が in questions [duplicate]

For example 何か質問がありますか as opposed to 何か質問はありますか when asking "Do you have any questions?"
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Do the following, and similar sentences, work grammatically?

Just the title basically. 私の家族の中で私の母が料理が一番上手です。 私の家族の中で私が私の父が一番好きです。 Thank you for any, and all, help!
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What is the exact reason behind the usage of がin the following phrase?

Hopefully, just another quick one here. In the phrase 日本で東京スカイツリーが一番高い建物です。 what is the reason behind using が as opposed to は in the phrase 東京スカイツリーは日本で一番高い建物です。 Sorry if this is a silly ...
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Purpose of double が in article title

I started to read this artcle and I noticed there are 2 が particles in the title 2000人以上の子どもがインターネットが原因で犯罪の被害 If the first が marks the 2000+ children as the subject, what is the purpose of the ...
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〜といっている from Dragon Ball

Villain to Goku in Dragon Ball (Chapter 2), translated as: "If you leave the turtle, I'll spare your lives". かめをおいていけば = If you leave behind the turtle 命を助けてやる = I'll save your lives for you ...
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Can I always use が to mark the subject when talking about phenomenon [closed]

I understand that が can be used to describe a phenomenon. 雨 が 降って います。 But in Japanese, there are always many exceptions. So, does this have any exceptions? Like I can use は or を? 雨 は 降って います。 ...
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Why this Transitive Verb with が

while I was searching for と思う I came across a sentence, which is reproduced herewith: さくらさんは松本さんが止めると思う (Sakura thinks Matsuoto will stop) Here are my questions: In this sentence I want to ask, ...
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Could either どこに男の人がいますか and 男の人はどこですか be used?

Another quick one here. Just wondering if both of the above are appropriate ways to voice the question 'Where is the man' (as well as contextually similar questions). Thank you!!
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What's more grammatically correct?

Started learning Japanese two weeks ago and don't know which one is more natural. 雨が漸く止めた。 OR 雨漸くが止めた。
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Difference between どこが and どこで in sentence

I was practicing some writing and attempted to write the following sentence Where can I find the cat food? I originally wrote 僕はどこが猫用の食べ物を見つけられますか。 However I was corrected to ...
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Meaning of 「がです」

I found this sentence in a story I'm reading: 誰にだって、どんな人にだって一度くらいはそういうことがあるんじゃないかと思います。理屈抜きで誰か嫌いになることがです Trying to understand 「がです」 I tried looking on Google, on my grammars and here on Stack ...
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Can someone help me understand Japanese particles?

This my first post, so hello everyone! wa vs ga: When I introduce myself to someone, is it always assumed that my name is already the topic even though nobody has mentioned it before? I've never ...
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What I'm getting wrong on this sentence? あそこに立っているのが、あなたのみらいの子どもです

I translated the following sentence あそこに立っているのが、あなたのみらいの子どもです Into: "Your future child will be standing there." But the correct translation according to Wanikani would be: The person ...
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を好き instead of が好き

I saw this dialogue in an anime; 柑菜{かんな} is a girl in love with 海{かい}, and a short before this happened visited 海's house. A knows of 柑菜 feelings, since there was a dialogue in which she kinda ...
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が vs. を in this example

I've become pretty decent at understanding when to use が, but every so often I make a mistake between using が vs. を. In the two sentences below, I'm confused: Everybody knows that / sore wa daremo ...
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Why not use 波長が合う

短い人生の中で 最も楽しいことは 自分の心の波長と合う人との 出会いです   稲盛和夫 Why not use 「波長が合う人」, but 「波長と合う」?
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How to say “Why I started studying Japanese”

I have a Japanese assignment that requires me to write about anything I want. I decided that I wanted to write about why I want to learn Japanese. I think the title should be "Why I want to study ...
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Can you say“ 何が貴方のお名前はですか”?Or does 何 have to come before です?

I’ve read that what’s your name is “貴方のお名前は何ですか“ but can you also put 何 to the beginning or is that incorrect? So can it be: 何が貴方のおなまえはですか。
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The usage of が particle in linking nouns

This line is a lyric from a song: 「どっかから現れた 感情が僕だ」 What is the が particle here used for? I've learned that the が particle would usually tie two nouns together as in, A is B, or something to that ...
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What is the purpose of the が particle in this sentence?

友だちがきれいな花をくれました。 I have translated this as: Friend gave (me) beautiful flowers. I did not understand the usage of が , couldn't we have used は ? And in this case is my translation correct?
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Meaning of 万々が一

しかし、万々が一ポッターたちが関わっていたにせよ、あの連中が自分たちの近くにやってくるはずがない。 However, ??? even if it did concern the Potters, there was no reason to expect that that lot would turn up in their own neighbourhood. I haven't ...
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Does the sentence 『ボブは魚は好きだ』 make sense?

This question is essentially about the particle 「が」. I saw the example sentence 「ボブは魚が好きだ」 from the textbook. This is how I understand it: "As for Bob, Fish that is likable is. ---> Likebale fish ...
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Contrastive は vs. が

This is an old and perhaps exhausted topic, but there's still something I don't get. I read these two questions and its best answers, but I don't understand why then あなたの目はきれいです implies that one's ...
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Is 私 in 私が我慢ならず object or subject?

I found this sentence: 食事の時しか顔を合わせることもなかったし、互いに口を開いて声を出すこともなかった。映画をよく見に行くぐらいのことしかしない高校生だったのだが、母から見れば俗世に気持を奪われている私が我慢ならず、たまに憤怒の言葉を投げつけてきたが、そうすると私は、十八になったらすぐに家を出て行くんだ、と母に言い返していた which is translated: ...
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How do you say “I think X is Y”

I've been thinking of this for a while and I need a bit of a clarification. For example, if I want to say "I think he is a good person", would it be: a) 私は彼がいい人と思う   or b) 私は「彼はいい人」と思う Also, if it ...
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Who's afraid in 私が怖い? [duplicate]

In an anime I heard this sentence: どうして私と戦おうとしないの?私が怖いの? which is translated as "Why don't you want to fight me? Are you scared of me?". I'm not sure why が is used here: I found that 私は怖い means "I'...
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は and が function

I just learned about が and は Rule. I just want to say "If I died" in Japanese. So I typed it. All I see is 私が死んだら Can I say "私は死んだら" (は is put to emphasize what comes after は. So I think in the ...
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Using が or は with 好き [duplicate]

値段が高いレストランはあまり好きじゃない This is a sentence from my texbook and I can't understand why there is は after レストラン? As I know, we always use が after something that we 好き. In this sentence we doesn't like ...
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は vs が in やすい-pattern

木が浮く。 [ki-ga uku] Literal translation: Wood floats. Meaning: wood is such a material, if to put it in water, it will stay on the top, it will not sink. Let's add ~やすい / ~にくい pattern (as ...

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