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助詞「の」. Genitive case particle showing relationships between two nouns, such as possession. Also used for apposition (同格), to indicate subjects in relative clauses, and as a nominalizing particle (準体助詞).

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Why is の used in this sentence?

I encountered the following sentence in a book. 私は彼に今晩来るのか聞いた。 Okay, I guess the meaning is easy enough: I asked him if he would come tonight. This の, however, was a slight surprise. Grammatically ...
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Difference between になる / である / の

アリバイがない限り、犯人 になる 可能性がある。 アリバイがない限り、犯人 である 可能性がある。 アリバイがない限り、犯人 の 可能性がある。 Which sentences are correct / awkward / wrong? Why is there a difference, if any?
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How does the addition of のか to the end of a sentence affect the meaning?

I've always had trouble understanding か (question particle) in casual speech. I read that in casual situations, か can be used to give the sentence an exasperated or sarcastic tone. Like in: 負けっかよ! ...
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How to use adjectives to qualify nouns in between the の particle?

For example, how would I say "my dad's old car's broken wheel"? Where does the adjective go w.r.t the の particle? 父の古い車の駄目な車輪 ? Is it right for the adjective to appear near の? It sounds odd
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。。。したのではないのだから、。。。The different of the two の

あなたがけがをしたのではないのだから、何もそんなに泣かなくていいでしょう What is the difference between the first の and the second の? Currently I understand it this way. The first one is a nomalizer, turning けがをした into けがをしたこと。 Is ...
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Correct way to say “I am a beginner in Japanese”

What is the correct way to say: "I am a beginner in Japanese". Google Translate shows the translation is: 私は日本語で初心者です However, Google search shows: 私は日本語の初心者です has a lot more hits. Which one ...
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is there any reason why “waratteru ka naiteru noka” uses first the ka particle for the first part and no ka for the second?

Dragon Ball Super ending 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lRjWkjHKDg in a part of the song says "waratteru ka naiteru noka" which is translated as were you laughing or were you crying? Is ...
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のs Everywhere…Why?

I have to translate the following for my intro Japanese class. 私は、去年、名古屋市内の静かな所にある庭つきの三階建ての窓の大きい住みやすい家を買いました。 I think it means the following. Last year, I bought a yard/garden including, 3 story, ...
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Possessive の not indicating what is possessed

Over a year ago, I wrote a text on Lang-8. I'm analyzing my texts. I wrote, very badly, this sentence: この本書は、Lang-8で一番日本語の本書を書きます。 I tried to say "this is my first text on Lang-8" 😂 Yeah, ...
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Why in “Fukkatsu no F” the words order are inverted? [duplicate]

Phrases like "ore no shugyō", "my training" (training of me) , the person comes first and the noun second, but in phrases like "Fukkatsu no F" or "Fukushū no Gōruden Furīza" the order is inverted.
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What does 「どっか」 mean?

In this clip at 19:50, it sounds like he is saying, "Nante na! Kore dokka no kiza na yatsu ga itteta serifu" ("This is just something a ____ pretentious guy said"). Is it indeed 「どっか」 ? What does that ...
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using の after について・に対して

Recently I've made two similar mistakes. 1 and 2 show my original sentences while 3 and 4 are the sentences with my 先生's revisions added. I don't really understand why the の needs to be added after a ...
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Why can't I shorten 僕の好きな本は to 僕のは?

好きな本を教えてください。僕のは春の雪です。 got corrected to 好きな本を教えてください。僕の好きなのは春の雪です。 Why is it not possible to replace all of 好きな本 by の、given that the context makes the intended meaning obvious?
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Confusion with the の particle

I am currently learning basic grammar using the Tae Kim's guide to japanese. In one of his examples he roughly translates this sentence: こんなのを本当に食べる? as "Do you think [he/she] will really eat ...
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Would someone be willing to check my reading of の in this sentence?

I'm not certain why the の is in the 2nd sentence: 「それから、おれのくちばしやつめを見ろ。そして、よくお前のとくらべて見るがいい。」 「鷹さん。それはあんまり無理です。」 It seems like the meaning should be "And then, often you are compared with [me] ...
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Missing Watashi from Textbook Translation

I'm using Japanese From Zero 1, though I've already memorized both symbol libraries and a hand full of Kanji. I'm at section 3, Q & A E -> J, Group 4. My issue is that I'm still a beginner and I ...
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When の follows particles

What is the significance of the usage of の in these nominals? 東京からの手紙 東京から手紙 The latter is how I was taught to formulate this nominal form, but I came across a source that uses the first form. I'm ...
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Does the 「の」 can be used as 「を」?

Here is the sentence spoken by Kansai speaker. そのフォークみたいの貸してください。 Other than the question I put on the topic, if the 「の」 is not used instead of 「を」, I would like to know if I can omit the 「の」 in ...
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Verbal short form の for expressing the idea of doing a verb + のほうが / より

Okay so the のほうが / より combo is to my understanding used to say something is more than or less than in Japanese and if you add の to the short form version of a verb it the expresses the idea of doing ...
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Meaning for 昔から大好きな親戚の姉さん

I sometimes hear 姉さん used as just another way of addressing an older woman but I don't understand the usage of 親戚の姉さん. 親戚(shinseki) is relative so does Shinseki no Nesan mean the literal older sister ...
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Word-order with の- and に- particles

I have this part of a sentence 影{かげ}の次第{しだい}に濃{こ}く集{あつ}まる部分{ぶぶん}に along with its translation: "in the part where the shadows gradually gathered and thickened" which makes contextual sense, but ...
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「のは」 vs. 「には」 — as in 「嬉しいのは嬉しい」 「あるにはある」

Related: What is the meaning of 「読むには読んだ」? Related: には with plain form of verb dictionary.goo.ne.jp 「には」 3. (多く「…には…が」の形で、動詞や形容詞を繰り返して)一応その動作や状態は認めるが、それに関連して起こる動作や状態については関知したり容認したりしない意を表す。 「...
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I am confused about nominalisation and the usage of の、こと、物 after verbs and adjectives. Can someone help me?

So I've changed my question in regarding these so called nominalisation and the usage of の, こと, 物。My confusion stems from what I learned or lacked from this specific website that explains about の ...
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Is the の in this question seeking an explanation or changing the verb into a noun-like?

So in the question sentences: 誰が盗んだのか キミが選んだことだろう? In (1.), I thought that the の there is seeking an explanation. But I found another sentence (2.) and I know that こと can follow a verb and 物 ...
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番目に~ versus 番目の~

While reading this question I could not explain myself why に is used rather の after ~番{ばん}目{め} in the following sentences. 「それは、二{に}番目に高{たか}い建{たて}物{もの}です。」 「四{よん}番目に速{はや}い人{ひと}は、田{た}中{なか}さんです。」...
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How does the 「どこの」 construction work?

Duolingo translates "Where is the classroom for the Japanese class?" as 「日本語の授業【じゅぎょう】はどこの教室【きょうしつ】ですか?」. I don't understand the construction 「…はどこの教室…」. My instinct would have been 「日本語の授業の教室はどこですか?」...
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Is the following のが a nominalizing のが?

I have the following Japanese sentence: 身につけているのが、病院で着せられる検査服のようなものだから仕方ないのかもしれないが、どう見てもここは病院なんかじゃない。 and I was wondering if the bolded のが nominalizes the 身につけている before it, as Darius says that ...
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などの followed by a Noun

Question about this sentence : tシャツなどの服を着たままプールに入らないでください。 Why do we need の? What is its use in the sentence given? Isn't など a particle so it is ok to be followed by a noun? I checked the ...
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Why is it 一つ、二つ、三つ 「の」?

Why do the counting words use a possesive particle?
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How does のは work in this sentence?

彼が持っているのは二百円です。 Supposedly this means "It is 200 yen that he has.". But I am really not familiar with this sentence construction. Therefore, I'm not sure how everything before の works with the rest of ...
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Understanding a phrase - にげるんだよ

While watching an anime, I took note of the phrase にげるんだよ!, which the character in question shouts as he is running away. From my research, the phrase can also be written as 逃げるんだよ!, but I haven't ...
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Difference between 彼はかなり英語が上手です and 彼の英語はかなり上手です

Now I have been self studying Japanese for 1 and a half year now. Today I came across this sentence: 彼はかなり英語が上手です。 He is pretty good at English. I have always been taught that I should construct ...
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Modifying individual nouns in の strings

I haven't seen any examples that make use of this, nor have I seen any evidence to the contrary, so I thought I'd ask about it. I know that の basically connects nouns and makes them all 1 noun that ...
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Why isn't の used after 上で here?

雪国に暮らす上で大変なことは、毎日の雪かきです。 In this phrase why didn't we use の particle after 上で?
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日本語教室 versus 日本語の教室 [duplicate]

I know that it's correct to say 日本語教室, and it's also correct to say 日本語の教室. I am confused by 日本語教室. From my understanding, the particle の connects 2 nouns. For example, さくら大学の学生 (there is no particle ...
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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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Usage of の following て-form in お申し込みにあたってのご注意

I read the answer to this question Grammatical Pattern : VerbてのNoun but I do not see how it applies to the following sentence お申し込みにあたってのご注意 It cannot be "you must apply to be careful".
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Why is を used instead of の? [duplicate]

I was looking at one of the example sentences in a kanji learning app I use, and the particle choice struck me as strange. In the sentence "青空を背景に木々を描く。", I can't understand why を is used after 青空. ...
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Usage of て form plus の (幸運が重なっての勝利) [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a book: すさまじい幸運が重なっての勝利だった。 It seems pretty clear that this means "I won thanks to incredible luck" but I was caught a little off guard by what appears to be the use of the ...
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Problem parsing this sentence, particle (postposition) の

(中尉は)両手で刃{やいば}を腹{はら}の奥深く押さえつけながら、引き廻して行かねばならぬのを知った。 My trouble lies with 刃を腹の奥深く押さえつける If I consider 奥深く to act as adverbial form of 奥深い, then I don't know what is modified by 腹の: taking の 助詞 to ...
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What's the topic of 「彼の本は赤いです。」?

彼の本は赤いです。 His book is red. What is the topic? Is it him or the color red, since 赤い is after the は?
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Do these two questions differ in any way?

There is a question in my Japanese book to translate a sentence. This is how I translated it: わたし の てがみ の うえ の つくえ を よまないで。 But, this is how my book translated it: つくえ の うえ の わたし の てがみ を よまないで。...
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concerning あ こ そ words

Out of curiosity I looked up その in a monolingual dictionary, the first thing I see Is [連体]《代名詞「そ」+格助詞「の」から》What on earth is a "case marking particle"? Is this the の particle that simply means "of"? ...
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How would I say “when [x] happened”?

First off, I understand the use of ~の時 (when). However, with my current knowledge, this doesn't make sense if I try to use it with verbs in phrases such as "when I woke up". It's probably quite ...
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Why is の所 used after ドア in this sentence?

Here is my sentence, ドアの所にかさを立てておきます. I've seen this の所 usage where it didn't quite make sense in other readings as well. This specific reading is from the tango n4 book and they have the english ...
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Translation help with の?

I love this song ハウトゥ世界征服 by NERU feat. 鏡音リンと鏡音レン. However, there is one line I struggle with: 心の傷口を治してくれ Wouldn't one say 傷口の心を治してくれ Instead? Thank you!
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Are のだぞ、のさ、のだ grammatically wrong?

I've been told の is formal, thus のです is grammatically right. Yet, のだ is not. Only んだ would be correct. Therefore, 「んだぜ、んさ、んだぞ、んぜ、んぞ」 are correct and 「のだぜ、のだぞ、のさ、のぜ、のぞ」 are not. Do you agree? Why or ...
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Different usage of の

I am familiar with the particle の. Either it be using it as in "possessive" cases like 私の家族. Or its usage as the word "of" like in 日本語の本. But in this special case I can't figure it out why we use ...
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What does の apply to after a list of items with と?

I've looked around, but I couldn't find an answer for this question. Here's the example phrase that I'm trying to translate that I pulled from a light novel: せりとレタスとキャベツの違い I'm not sure whether ...
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Adjective-No in a Question format?

I'm having a difficult time understanding the use of の-Adj in the JLPT N5 grammar examples and practice I've been studying and haven't found a good resource for finding the answer. The sentence is ...