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Questions tagged [particle-な]

助詞「な」. Used with adjectives that behave grammatically like nouns, or with verbs to indicate "do" (after verb stem) or "don't" (after dictionary form).

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How is な used here?

鈴木よ、聞いてやるな。そちらの道には君の息子が気に入っている娘がいるのだ Context: 鈴木 asks his son what was on that direction since his son was looking that direction. Then someone else said the sentence I gave above. I'm confused of ...
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non sentence ending な in this comedic conversation

MC spots girls A and B who he recently got to know. C = childhood friend of MC. A「あ、先輩。こんにちは」 MC「おう、A。Bも一緒か」 B「何よ、アンタだってC先輩たちといつも一緒じゃない」 MC「何だよ、仲良いなって意味で言っただけだぞ」 B「...
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な directly after a noun (not a な-adjective)

While reading a grammar book, I read the following explanation of な な na, a masculine ne Both sexes use ne, but male speakers often use na instead. There are other uses of na common to both ...
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Why な instead of の is used in the anime title “はるかなレシーブ”?

There is an anime named "はるかなレシーブ" this season. While the official English name is just using the Romaji (i.e. Harukana Receive) instead of translating the meaning, from the Chinese official ...
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だ versus な in causal subordinate clauses

Why do causal subordinate clauses ending in -から take だ as a means to connect nouns and な adjectives (e.g. 日本人だから), whereas causal subordinate clauses ending in -ので take な (e.g. 日本人なので)? I read that だ ...
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Is there another meaning for 逃げるな?

I know it means don't run away or sth similar. I wonder does it has another meaning like--逃げよう(just run away)? Update For example, 「小鳥、逃げるな。」
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楽しんでいるなと思います(なの意味)

これは私の個人的な印象ですが、みんな本当に生活を楽しんでいるなと思います。 I was wondering what that な is standing for.
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Usage of な in this sentence

What is the meaning of な in the following sentence? この動画に映り込んでる背景は僕の家な気がする。 Is it an abbreviation of なんて or なんか? Or is it simply a filler as explained in this answer?
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What does でござんしょうな mean in 馬車はいつ出るのでござんしょうな

馬車はいつ出るのでござんしょうな Does this sentence mean "When will the horse cart come out?" But what does でござんしょうな mean here? Should this be broken down into three parts as で + ござんしょう + な? I know ございます means ...
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Usage of しな particle [duplicate]

As I've treated it, the しな at the end of the sentence is just し("not only, but also")+な(=ね). But Jisho.org says it could also mean "having just started...". Is this true? Is there an example of this ...
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Using な and の interchangeably?

Using them as descriptors, can they be interchanged? E.g. 親切な人 vs 親切の人 Is の only acceptable if referring to a specific new person from a certain place that has been established earlier in the ...
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What does the 「をな」mean in this sentence?

It is said by a boy who intend to train boxing by himself. あしたのために-その3" のひみつ練習をな! I think that the 「な」 would be 1) Verb 為す but I don't have any idea why it does not include the part to indicate ...
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Why is “な” in “円滑な活動を助ける” not “に”?

why is "円滑" an Adjective not an Adverb in this sentence?
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What does this な at the end of the sentence mean?

「タッタッタ」って車に乗ってみたいな。 I'd translate the sentence like this: I want to enter/ride in a car that makes 'tatata'. I don't think it's the colloquial version of ような, so I think it is みたい plus な. But in ...
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Identifying different ending -な s

In a manga I'm reading, a high schooler is talking to his GF about how she chats online through her DS. He says this: Usually I know what -な is being used based on the situation. But here I can't ...
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Position of な in this sentence

静かな人 人な静か Which comes first the subject and then the adjective, or the adjective then the subject?
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The usage of な to make an entire clause modify a noun, and “Alice is a desirable person” versus “Person that likes Alice”

In the very beginning of Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese, namely here, there is this example: 魚が好きな人。 Person that likes fish. When I read that for the first time, still as a very beginner in ...
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Is な used for emphasis or negative imperative in this sentence?

「おまえ、そんな体験したこともねぇのにわかったようなこと言うなっ」 Even though you've never had such an experience, (you say things like you understand)/(don't say things like you understand). Is this な the negative imperative ...
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What does the word 「になあ」mean?

Here is a sentence said by a little boy. ジョー兄いも気の毒になあ 見ろよ 目にはいるものといえばつめたい石のかべと鉄ごうしばかりじゃねえか I would like to know if it is a colloquial form or alternated form from a certain word or it just has ...
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ending na instead of ne, when to use it?

which connotation gives to a phrase ending with "na" instead of "ne"? is it more informal or what? Particulary saying, "soo da naa" instead of "so desu ne"
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When is “na” used at the end of a sentence?

When is "na" used at the end of a sentence, is it like "ne" or "yo" and has no meaning really? For example: Mata Nihon ni ikitai na. また、日本に行きたいな。
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Is the word 「やんな」positive or negative?

I found that in a website 〜やんな is a colloquial form of 〜やるな meaning 'Don't do...' However, I have seen the word in a manga with the following sentence. A: おい あかりを消してやんな。新入りさんがまぶしくてねむれんといかん。 B: じゃあ ...
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かな ending in a sentence where the speaker is not uncertain of something

I've been going through a Japanese script of the popular anime "Fairy Tail" and trying to make sense of the translations in the English subtitles to become familiar with the language. I came across ...
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わけ accompanied by な particle

What exactly does な particle mean when used with わけ? Example (pulled from Google): あいつが犯人なわけがないじゃないか. I know exactly what this sentence means, but I'm just a little unsure on what the な is doing ...
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Historical Precursor to な?

Prior to the development of the な particle (presumably from なる) several hundred years ago, what constructions were used where な-construtions are currently used? E.g. in the phase きれいな女, would that ...
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What's the purpose of な in なのに?

I don't understand the role of "な" when used before "のに" as in these two sentences (with given translations): 朝目がさめて初めて、外が雪なのに気がついた。 He noticed that there was snow outside only after he woke up in ...
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Using な in positive instead of negative imperative (e.g. 行きな)

Putting な after a plain verb turns it into negative imperative. But I noticed that in spoken Japanese, putting な after conjunctive form (連用形) turns it into positive imperative. For example: ...
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About the な part in negative imperative verb form (e.g. 飲むな)

In the Japanese version of "don't drink and drive" slogan, 【乗るなら飲むな】 (also 【飲んだら乗るな】), what part of speech is the な that follows the plain verb 飲む (or 乗る in the second variation) to form the negative ...
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Using な particle after common nouns (non na-adjectives)

Is な particle allowed to be used after common nouns (i.e non na-adjectives) for whatever reasons, e.g. cuteness, trendy, humor etc? Dictionary@goo website seems to use (normal noun)+な in a couple of ...
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What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions?

What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions? For example: そうですね vs そうだな Is there any difference in level of politeness? Does one sound more masculine than the other? Edit: The examples ...