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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が in たこ焼きはタコと小麦粉と卵で作ることができます

たこ焼きはタコと小麦粉と卵で作ることができます は particle there is used as topic marker. で particle there is used as material marker. can you explain me what role of が there? object of できます or because "new information" ...
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Difference between に and が [duplicate]

What's the difference between their に and が in these sentences? 「私にできることがあれば何でも言ってください」 and 「私ができることがあれば何でも言ってください」?
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Is it the easy way to remember to use が?

I come to my realization that I should use the particle が to introduce a new thing that a listener does not know about (and intend to know about). For example: トニー:このオープニングはいいですね。 ルーシー:...
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In the sentence「みどりがきれいなまちです」, why is が used?

And how should the sentence be translated? "It's a beautiful green town"? "It's a beautifuly green town"? "It's a greenish beautiful town"?
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Why が is said to be a subject marker?

In many beginner material, が is said to be a subject marker. (For example this one) However, my teacher who learnt Japanese in Japan said he has never heard such a saying. And in his teaching, it is ...
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Difference between “ga” vs “wo”

It's known that roughly, in most cases, we can think of using "wo" vs "ga" this way: ga is used when action is abstract, mental, non-physical otherwise, wo is used Yet, these examples are in ...
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Confusion: は/が with 思う

So I've been exploring the semi-new Japanese Duolingo course and came across this: 彼は今日学校に来ると思います。 I interpretted it as He thinks he (himself) will come to school today. But Duo had it as I think he ...
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Passive or active object?

The sentence inu ga suki is translated as I like dogs. But why don't we translate it as Dogs like ... (something/someone)? For example, for a question Who likes meat? we can answer inu ga suki.
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implicated differences between は and が [duplicate]

I understand a lot of Japanese is not spoken and implicated through context, but don't really understand the culture behind it. What are the implicated differences between は and が in the following ...
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What is the difference between these sentences used が and は

I'm trying to translate an English sentence into Japanese , but i got some problems and confuse which should i use between が or は . So please tell me which is the correct one . ジョンさんは休日にいつも東京にいる。 ...
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Usage of「が」and 「は」in ~くれる [duplicate]

everyone. May I know why does different particle is used in the following examples? 小林さんは私にチョコをくれた。 友達が私にチョコをくれた。 姉が娘におもちゃをくれた。 Thanks.
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Why is it 日本語がわかります instead of 日本語をわかります?

From what I understand, は is the topic marker, が is the subject marker, and を is the object marker. One of the first sentences I learned doesn't seem to fit the rules I described above. The sentence ...
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What are the grammar rules behind this clause, 「才能があろうがなかろうが」?

才能があろうがなかろうが、そんなもん他人が決める事じゃない。どこの部に所属するかなんぞ俺が決める事だ I'm asking about the bolded clause. This is casual dialogue, in case there's any confusion about that. I don't normally put Japanese through Google ...
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What does する mean when it does not mean “do”? (血のにおいがする)

What does する mean when it does not mean "do"? Like: あなたも血のにおいがするな
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Meaning of volitional passive form

お姉ちゃんに何を言われようが、まる子はウキウキ気分なのであった。 What was said by her sister ???? but, Maruko felt cheerful. I can't think of any way in which something which is passive can also be volitional. How do I understand ...
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どうしてこの「が」は動詞に付いていますか。 [duplicate]

「手さぐり」という章を読んでいる最中、ややこしい助詞の用法にあいました。 (前略)  目の見えない人は手さぐりで歩む。一歩一歩が慎重である。謙虚である。そして一足歩むために全神経を集中する。これほど真剣な歩み方は、目の見える人にはちょっとあるまい。  人生で思わぬケガをしたくなければ、そして世の中でつまずきたくなければ、この歩み方を見習うがいい。 (後略) 「...
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Is the “ga” in 「○○○が食べたい」 standard japanese? [duplicate]

The Langfocus youtube channel came out with a new video on Japanese. In it he explains that the が can be used to express focus. I have never heard (probably not paid attention) or learnt this. So, my ...
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を vs が with use against 好き?

The difference between が and を with the potential form of a verb. and Is it true that all nouns must be able to accept a が particle and a を particle? are noted as possible duplicates; however, I haven'...
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Why ga and not o in “Mari wa neru koto ga suki desu”? [duplicate]

When I saw this sentence alone Mari wa neru koto ga suki desu I first thought neru koto is the direct object of the answer and should have an "o" particle, and not a "ga". Later I thought I might dont ...
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Not subject despite が?

I've come across the following dialogue: 「シグナムはお風呂どうします?」 「私は今夜はいい。明日の朝にするよ」 「お風呂好きが珍しいじゃん」 An unofficial, but to my mind high-quality translation offered something like "That's rare ...
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こども “が” ねて いますから

こどもが ねて いますから、しずかに して ください。  こどもは ねて いますから、しずかに して ください。 I know that the 2nd one is incorrect. But why? To my understanding, が is used to emphasize the subject we can hear or see, while は is ...
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が usage in this sentence

When translating 'I was busy yesterday' Why is 昨日が忙しかったです Incorrect? Isn't the same as 私は昨日が忙しかったです
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can が be used like this?

this is a small conversation -どこで食べる -イタリアレストランではどう my grammer book says that using どう usually opens up a new topic for example about the location but if i didn't use どう and instead was stating the ...
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How should I translate the sentence 僕がかわりに殴ってやろう

I'm hoping you can help out with this sentence 僕がかわりに殴ってやろう, which I am not sure if I translate properly because of the が particle and also the imperative (is that right?) of the verb やる. If the ...
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Value of が at the end of interrogative sentences

I know there are other questions on this site about が and けど at the end of a sentence, but I couldn't find one about interrogative sentences. Context: in a manga, person A said something that his ...
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Use of が in this sentence [duplicate]

What’s the pattern in the following use of が? 友達と海に行ってバーベキューをしたんですが、楽しかったですよ。 I asked my teacher and she said it was similar to ので to state a cause and effect.
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What's the difference between が and を here? [duplicate]

What is the difference between using が and を here? あなたは私のことを好きですか? あなたは私のことが好きですか? I've never seen the structure nounをadjective before.
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The が in アカメが斬る

Based on my understanding of the particle が, the title of the manga アカメが斬る should be translated in English to "Akame kills" or "Akame will kill (someone)". There was never any question in my mind ...
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use of particles on direct object

When is the use of correct particle (を or が) on the direct object of a transitive verb, for example: shigoto o owarimasu shigoto ga owarimasu What is the exact meaning in each other, please.
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meaning of とが in this sentence

I saw this in news: アパートで、30前後と見られ男性が血まみれで、死亡しているところとが見つかれました。 Can anyone explain what is the use of とが in this sentence, and maybe provide some examples?
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More complex sentences - When to use は? When to use が?

I know the basics about the difference in the usage between は and が. Nevertheless, when it comes to more complex sentences, I encounter difficulties that I want to explain on base of some examples. ...
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Is Facebook's use of double が grammatically unambiguous?

Facebook has issued me the following alert: Aさんが、Bさんがあなたとシェアした写真について「いいね!」と言っています I think this is a translation of "A likes the photo that B shared with you." Is it obvious what's being said? Why ...
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When sentences have several clauses with several subjects/topics, do they use more than one “ga” or “wa”?

I was explained in english stack exchange that the phrase "I always believed I was the only one who could make you happy." has several clauses, each one has a subject. [I always believed [(that) (2)...
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Is が marking an object in this sentence?

In this sentence: ずっと落ち続けていれば固い石にも穴があく Does it mean: "Even with a force as weak as of raindrops, by constant dripping a hard stone can also have a hole" or does it mean: "Even ...
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How do you use の as a de-facto が particle?

Apparently の can be used as a de-facto が particle. Now this sorta makes sense as in Japanese the line between something defining scope (A は/が B), and some defining association (A の B), is vary thin. ...
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How to say “There is (A) in (B)(Location).”

How do you say that there is a thing (e.g.: Restaurant ) in a certain place (e.g.: My town)? Is there a formula for this? If someone were to ask me if there was a restaurant in my city they would say ...
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What is “new information” for が?

I've been trying to understand the age old question of が vs は recently. The resources I've used so far have given helpful answers, but I'm still not getting 1 key point. I'll summarize my knowledge so ...
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は、が、を、に and information structure of Japanese Question

I read 日本語の助詞(情報構造) and from what I understand it says: What comes before は is old information and after it it's new information. (This makes sense to me). What comes before が is new information (...
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Pronouncing が as 'nga'

I'm a beginner and am learning from CD (Pimsleur). There are two native speakers going through the dialogue. One, the man, pronounces が as I would expect - 'ga'. The other (female) pronounces it as '...
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“半日のツアーはありますか。” question

When I am learning Japanese I encounter this sentence. I think that the particle が should be always used, but は was used instead. Could it be a typo? Or something I have not learned yet? In other ...
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Why does は refer to a particular rather than general in some cases?

The sentence I am asking about is the following [魚]{さかな}が[好]{す}きじゃない[人]{ひと}は、[肉]{にく}が[好]{す}きだ 」 Person who does not like fish like meat Source: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese My ...
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Which が is this?

しばらくその場を動かず無為に時間を過ごし、リヴェリアが怪訝な色を顔に映しだした頃。何かを察知したように、アイズが剣を抜いた。 Could someone tell me what が this is? Is it exhaustive listing? My translation would be: As if sensing something, Aizu is the one who ...
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How が becomes the object marker for desire(~たい)

So が , the subject particle, can be used to denote objects, but still carries the nuance of the subject. For example... Verbal nominal adjectives カレーが好き(I like curry) : (curry is likable[for me]) ...
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に as the subject marker?

I an anime I was watching the other day, I heard the bellow phrase. I don't remember whose name it was or which anime it was, so I'll just replace it with a generic name: アリスに分かってる. The speaker ...
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Dropping particles in casual speech/songs

Hey i was listening to this song And it felt weird for me when one of these lines seemed to lack a particle, I am wondering if it is lacking one and it is ok to do so since it is a song, or if there ...
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シャンクス見参! why there is no が in that sentence?

I was watching one piece and came across with the title シャンクス見参! without が. I want to google it by myself the answer but I am not sure the proper keyword so I ask about it here. would you tell me why ...
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Differences between は and が [duplicate]

I am reading this article, however, I am not sure if I've already grasped that article correctly or not, so I really need someone to confirm whether my understanding is correct or not. First question ...
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etymology of 「が」 — Are 「が」 and 「けれども」 (& variants) always interchangeable grammatically?

Comparing 「が」 --and-- 「けれども」 including variants ( 「だけど」 「けれど」 「けど」 「けども」 ... ) When i was looking at the usage samples below, i noticed that 「が」 and 「けれども」 both fit ALL the usage samples. Are ...
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Should it be が大好き or を大好き? [duplicate]

I am very new to Japanese language and I am now kind of addicted to learning this beautiful language and the culture. Just a question I want to ask is: Which one of the below one is right? ...
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「が」vs「の」 with possessives

I know that the normal possessive form is usually formed subject+「の」+object. Though, in one instance, I found が being used in 天は我が物. I know that 「が」 can be used to express possession, though is there ...