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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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Question about the phrase 心配いりません

I came across the phrase 心配いりません and from what I understand it means "Dont worry". It is formed by using the する-verb 心配 (worry) and いる (to be needed). What I don't understand is why there is no ...
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Distinction of using を/に instead of が

さあ次もビーチバレーという名のウォッチング[に]勤しむぜ!- Ok, next, lets endeavor to watch beach volleyball ! それにしても、人間世界はじつに物[に]あふれておるな。- That being said, the world of humans is actually overflowing with things (this ...
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誰はしました。Who did it?

I'm aware that する is the Japanese verb "To do". In order to conjugate this verb using the Ta form for past tense we of course just replace する with し and add our polite form ます with the た to make しました, ...
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Confusion about omitted “object” with 有する

I just read this clause (as a definition of 独特): そのものだけが有していること。 I first understood it in a way, that "[Something] has only this thing.", instead "Only this thing has [something]". Now I'm kind of ...
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は with 好き exception?

I'm studying Japanese, and found this phrase: 漢字を書くのが嫌いだけど読むのは好きです。 I was thought that the particle that is always with 好き is が but in this case is は, is there an explanation for this???
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が frequentally being used in ways I cant understand

I just started reading 上級へのとびら, an intermediate book with a lot of reading sections. Throughout my reading there have been a couple cases where I can't understand the usage of が in my sentences. ...
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verbs using が to mark the direct object/subject

Some verbs like わかる or ある take が instead of を to mark the "direct object" (because these verbs treat what in English is the direct object as a subject in Japanese?). For example, サラリーマン:「課長{かちょう}っ、...
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What is the difference between が and を when using verbs?

In this anime-esque example, which is correct?: 私はあなたが殺す 私はあなたを殺す And why? Because I’ve heard it used with number • 2 • を (wo), but other verbs seem to always use が, for example: 「私はエミリアが好きです」 Is ...
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Dangling Particle Question

I encountered the following passage in a mystery manga. The detective character is explaining the evidence the "true" criminal (as opposed to the puppet killer described earlier in the book) left ...
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が particles and their usages

A follow-up to Why is が added at the end of この小娘が in this clip? I'm currently aware of the following が particles / usages: 1) Subject marker (exhaustive listing). I think it can appear at the end if ...
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「が」 meaning “or”

I found this sentence in a game manual: 16回に1度、グリーンがブルーのかわりに出現。 Unfortunately I don’t understand why there is 「が」 used between the two color names. The sentence clearly means that this red candy ...
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Which is preferred, 気が遠くなるほど or 気の遠くなるほど? [duplicate]

Considering the expression 気が遠くなるほど to describe something of a large scale or hard to conceive, is the variant 気の遠くなるほど also correct and is there any difference in meaning or nuance? Is there any sort ...
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Is there a good etymological reason why the potential form in Japanese requires the が particle?

Is there a good etymological reason why the potential form in Japanese requires the が particle? When dealing with the -たい suffix, which also requires the -が particle for what in other languages would ...
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Question about で in this sentence

"「タクシーに乗る」は英語で、I ride a taxiで正解!?" I saw this question being posted on the web by someone and my issue is about the meaning of the sentence itself specifically the phrase "I ride a taxiで正解!?". Does ...
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Use of が in article about Midsummer Day of the Ox and selling eel

I was reading over this article about Midsummer Day of the Ox and selling eel. I'm wondering about the use of が in this sentence この会社は今年、牛肉のステーキや、ビタミンが多いしじみなども売ることにしました Roughly: This year the ...
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Why there is a “を” in この素晴らしい世界に祝福を and not a “が”? [duplicate]

この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! is translated to English as "A blessing to this wonderful world!" . Why is there a "を" and not a "が" in this sentence? In Spanish (and I assume also in English) "a blessing" would be ...
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ことである in Japanese grammar

Do ことである and ことがある mean the same thing?
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水面*が*月を映していた: Is に interchangeable?

澄んだ水面 が 月を映していた。 Under the 映す entry in a dictionary (ルミナス、研究社), I found the sample sentence in question among others. However, I couldn't understand why only in this particular sentence is が used in ...
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Learning how to use Wa / ni / ga

Is this right like this? Children are at school: Kodomo tachi wa gakkou ni imasu. There are children at school: Gakkou ni kodomo tachi ga imasu. Thank you
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Usage of で particle in this sentence: この問題用紙は全部で8ページあります

Usage of particle で and に have been causing me quite some difficulties from the beginning (I keep on using で instead of に and vice versa). From what I've learned so far, particle で indicates either ...
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生徒が分かる and 彼が見える and Intransitivity

I have been searching all internet and haven't found an "acceptable" answer for it yet. I hope you guys can help me! I was reading a text in the website KawaJapa about 分かる and the sentence 日本語が分かる. ...
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が in: 彼はその子供がついてこられるようにゆっくり歩いた

reading this sentence confused me (it's not that hard to do actually XD). 彼はその子供がついてこられるようにゆっくり歩いた。 Can i ask if the が in this sentence is actually acting like けど, a ぎゃくせつ if thats the word?
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Why is the が particle used in this sentence?

In this sentence: 彼女はお姉さんが着るのと同じ種類の服を着る。 She wears the same variety of clothes as her sister wears. Why is the が particle used to mark the sister as the subject, when the one doing the action ...
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Confused when determining the correct subject with 思います [duplicate]

I met the following sentence : あなたのお母さんは私が好きじゃないと思います I think your mother doesn't like me. As far I can tell, あなたのお母さん is the subject or topic marker of the sentence. But at the end of the ...
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Can a subject introduced by が persist between sentences?

If an unknown subject is introduced by が in one sentence, can it still be the subject in a subsequent sentence? As an example: よだかはむねがつかえたように思いながら、又そらへのぼりました。また一疋の甲虫が、夜だかののどに、はいりました。...
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Are there some cases where は and が are interchangable?

I understand that は and が can be very different in meaning & emotion, and some structures require one of them. However, are there some cases where I can use either of them but the sentence remains ...
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Does 私は地震が怖い make sense?

私は地震が怖い。 For me that's like saying 私は彼がきれいです. It doesn't make sense putting 私 here.
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Is で the primary way of introducing a modifying actor into a sentence?

I came across this english sentence tonight: "The rebel and government groups held talks mediated by the UN." Which I loosely translated as: 反乱の政府はUNで取り締まる会議を開催した。 Is using で the correct way ...
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Difference between ”が”はじまる and ”は”はじまる [duplicate]

I asked my teacher why is "が”はじまる instead of ”は”はじまる. She said "が” is always put before はじまる. But she said there are circumstances that ”は” is put before はじまる too. She said there are rules meanwhile ...
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Particle usage of は and が in this sentence

I had some particle trouble translating these lines: 四月の魚は風が吹いて 長い髪が揺れている The first two lines seem to go together in one sentence, but then there would be too many particles. I have it as "The ...
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「は」vs 「が」 in subordinate clauses

I'm confused about「は」vs「が」 in subordinate clauses. I do appreciate there are inumerable questions on this subject, but to go through all of them hoping to find the exact answer I want would take ...
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が vs を and the absence of a subject particle

I just read an article explaining that が should not be thought of as a subject particle, since it can also mark the object, which is fine and dandy on its own. However, I also remember reading an ...
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Is this が at the end of the verb conditional ?

だが[殺]{ころ}したが[最後]{さいご}きさまあの[世]{よ}いきだ! I understand this sentence as,'if you kill him, you are following him to the netherworld'. I intuitively understand this が as conditional but I am not sure. I ...
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Undertstanding 88歳の草間彌生さんは水玉の絵などが有名な芸術家で

88歳の草間彌生さんは水玉の絵などが有名な芸術家で、世界でも人気があります。 88 year old 草間彌生さん ??? and is popular even in (the rest of) the world. I'm having problems parsing the first clause. 草間彌生さんは有名な芸術家で 草間彌生 is a famous ...
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When using 比べる, should I use を or が for the object being compared?

I have seen sentences 1 and 4, but are sentences 2 and 3 grammatical? My question is regarding the use of を/が with the object being compared, in sentences with 比べる. 植物の世界にも(今年を)去年と比べて著しく相違が見えた。 ...
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[Noun 1]は[Noun 2]が[Adjective] or [Noun 1]の[Noun 2]は[Adjective]

Consider the phrase: The Winters of Quebec are cold. I understand that the correct form is ケベックは冬が寒いです。 Since a possessive form is involved here (the Winters of Quebec), why is ケベックの冬は寒いです。 not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...