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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Can だ/だった be omitted before conjunctive が?

On the results of measuring the amount of plastic found in a sample of 31 fish: その結果、9匹の体の中から大きさが5mm以下のプラスチックが平均で1.1個見つかりました。 The result (was that) from 9 fish the size was at least 5mm of ...
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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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Can someone explain me the use of は and が in this sentence?

田中さんは今日来ますか。 はい、来ますよ。あ、田中さんが 来ました。   Does Tanaka san come today? Yes, he does. Oh, Tanaka san came. I don't understand the use of が in the second sentence. Can someone ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Difference between が and でも in this sentence

What's the difference in meaning between these sentences? どちらか片方が罪を背負った方が良い。 and どちらか片方でも罪を背負った方が良い。 I thought their meaning was the same, but I get the feeling it's not because of the ...
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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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The song 「雪が降る」 by アダモ goes --> ♪♪ 雪は降る あなたは来ない … ♪♪

ADAMO, [Tombe la neige] The song 「雪が降る」 by アダモ goes --> ♪♪ 雪は降る あなたは来ない ... ♪♪ Is there a good explanation for the difference between the title and how the song begins? -- 雪が vs. 雪は ... ...
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Use は or が with ある when the phrase doesn't explicit the place

I'm studying japanese from not that long and a doubt came to my mind studying ある and いる verbs, so sorry in advance if the question isn't clear. If we take those two phrases as example: A. ...
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What is the meaning of が as a sentence-ending particle here?

I came across the sentence: 先生、お聞きしたいことがありますが。 I would have thought that this would mean "Teacher, there's something I want to ask you, but ..." (が indicating an unfinished sentence), but the ...
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Why does 「電話は切れた」 sound more adversarial than 「電話が切れた」?

I noticed that while 「…、電話が切れた」 sounds just like a neutral phrase ("... and the call got cut off."), 「…、電話は切れた」 sounds more like you were negatively affected / that the person on the other side ...
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Which particle should I use?

I am trying to make the following sentence: "I need to eat something" , but I don't know which particle I should use, I've come up with these 2 sentences, which one is right? 1 何かを食べるのが必要 2 ...
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Weird behavior ga particle

I am practicing coming up with some random sentences to practice my Japanese, sadly I'm using Google translator to check out if my sentence is right. Now the following sentence 私はあなたが好きです I ...
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〇〇さん「は・が」いらっしゃいますか?

I found this sentence on https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E3%81%84%E3%82%89%E3%81%A3%E3%81%97%E3%82%83%E3%82%8B and it struck me as odd. 山田【やまだ】さんがいらっしゃいますでしょうか。 Listening to my co-workers (...
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Using は(wa) or が(ga)

So I'm trying to make a sentence which goes, "My effort is still not enough", and I came up with "私の努力(__)まだ足りない。" I was thinking about using wa, however since "足りない" is intransitive, I wondered if ...
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In a sentence that ends with a verb, when could “が” modify a 3rd person pronoun?

3rd person pronouns (both English and Japanese) and the particle "は" have a commonality. For pronouns (jp & eng) antecedent must exist in the conversation. An "antecedent" is what the pronoun ...
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What is the meaning of 「気のすまぬ」? [duplicate]

Here is the context including the word. なにが なんでも たたきのめさにゃ 気のすまぬ 男が俺の眼のまえに立ちはだかったんだ。 I found a word 「気がすまない」 in an online dictionary which gives the meaning of it as 'not to be able to settle down (...