Questions tagged [particle-を]

助詞「を」. Case particle indicating the direct object of a verb or the course of a motion verb.

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Using 何を with intransitive verbs (eg 何をにやついているの?)

貴様、何をにやついておるのだ…? What are you grinning at, you bastard? This sentence (asked in this question) seemed fairly natural and simple to me...until I realized にやつく is an intransitive verb. [×]彼は私をにやついた ...
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“もを” is too unnatural, so use a comma instead of “も” in this list?

Can I re-write this sentence: このクレジットカードは国内、国外を問わず、いろいろな場所で使える。 as このクレジットカードは国内も国外もを問わず、使える。 A good reason to have replaced the first "も" with "、" is to avoid the unfortunate, (but ...
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How do we use に気をつける vs を気をつける?

に気をつける is a much more popular expression, from what I see, compared to を気をつける. But the latter is still not that rare. Is there any significant difference between these two and something to be wary of ...
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Strangely-Ordered Sentences vs. Attributive Phrases

So actually rather often in Japanese music, I see phrases like this: 汚れきった言葉を with some sort of verb modifying the noun, and with the noun having the direct object particle, but no verb. I always ...
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why this sentence has this grammatical structure? 話し手も相手も共通に知っている場合

The phrase "話し手も相手も共通に知っている場合" was translated in this board as "When both the speaker and listener know the subject" I dont understand 2 things about this sentence. What's the use of ni in this ...
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Meaning of を in 東京都庁をスタートする

「東京マラソン」は、東京都庁をスタートして、銀座や浅草など観光地を走る人気のマラソン大会です。 The Tokyo Marathon is a popular race that runs through tourist areas like Ginza and Asakusa and starts at the government office. Clearly this を is ...
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How to parse 「Nを相手に、」 [duplicate]

I've gotten to the level where I can start going through some basic Japanese material and largely understand all of it, but there are some times where I'm confused by particle usage, and I'm not sure ...
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Omitting を in writing

I came across the sentence その子は指で十数えました in writing, and I was under the impression that, in written Japanese particles are not omitted. I can see that that sentence means, "That child counted to ten ...
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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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Is 「闇を抜けて」 grammatical?

According to the entry in jisho.org regarding the verb 「抜ける」, it is an intransitive verb. Now, in the song Departure by Masatoshi Ono, we can see this: You just try again 闇を抜けて Suggesting that it ...
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Is it possible to use more than one を in a sentence?

I wasn't sure since as far as I know, we cannot repeat は or が (or am I wrong about this?). I'm quite certain though that we can repeat の and に. But how about を as in this sentence below? ...
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Difference between the two “o” kana, and how to input them from romaji keyboard?

In Japanese, what is the difference between the two "o" kana (the お at the top of the list and the other "o" usually listed at the bottom rightmost entry of the hiragana our katakana chart. I can't ...
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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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Causative form and willingness of the cast

According to "A dictionary of basic Japanese grammar" pg. 389 (on the choice between に and を particles with causative form) When ni is used, the causee has taken an action intentionally. I have ...
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Did I correctly express what I ate for dinner?

I wanted to say "Tonight I ate pizza and french fries." My attempt was 「今夜私はピザとフラドポテトを食べた。」 I'm unsure of a few things (I'm early in my learning of Japanese). I'm unsure if I correctly used the ...
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The meaning of を in あなたは何をしていますか?

What is the function of を in the sentence: あなたは何をしていますか? Why can't it be written without it, like: あなたは何していますか?
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Is it a right interpretation of the line of this Japanese song?

First of all, sorry if something about my English grammar is wrong. English is not my native language and, even if I can understand it very well, writing and expressing myself is something I still ...
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を particle usage

in the quote "you, help me" why do i have to use を and not が IE: あなたは、私を助けて!instead of あなたは、私がたすけて! Why 私 is a direct object? I thought that only objects and nouns could be a direct object, so I ...
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Questions about counters

My first question is, are counters always required when counting things? Can't I just slap a number in front of the noun? For example,「いちりんご」for 1 apple? Secondly, in Lesson 5 of the Japanese For ...
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Why is this で wrong, and を preferable? 「信号を左です」

日本語 知り合いに道案内していた時に、 次の信号で、左です と言ったら、 次の信号を、左です という言い方のほうがいいと言われました。 「です」は本物の動詞ではありませんし、「を」と繋がっているのは間違いではないのでしょうか。省略された動詞があるという分析のほうがいいのですか?そして、どうして「で」はだめなのですか? English While giving an acquaintance ...
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Questions about multiple particles 「は」and 「を」and interpunct in this sentence

Here is the sentence. 左ジャブと右ストレートのワンツーを覚えた矢吹丈は、力石徹を殴り倒すことだけを目的に地獄の中で生き抜くのですが、改めて読んでみて、これほど面白く・感動的な物語りはそう滅多にはないと、僕は思いました。 Note: This sentence is written vertically. For the second bold 「を」, I am not ...
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家を出ます ? Why not に?

Why is this を and not に to indicate moving in a direction? 今日は天気がいいから家を出ます Unless this example is wrong? But it is from JapanesePod101
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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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Why is 「微笑み選ぼう」 correct in grammar?

The sentence 微笑み選ぼう is part of the lyrics of a song called 錆びついたマシンガンで今を撃ち抜こう. I'm wondering why it is correct in grammar because it seems to me that there is supposed to be a を between 微笑み and 選ぼう. ...
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How to ask “What are the necessary things to bring?” [closed]

I am going on to WWOOF in Hokkaido soon (a programme where you help out at a cafe/pension/farm in exchange for room). Kind of like a working holiday. I am just starting to learn Japanese so the ...
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Using お or わ (wa or o)

ごみわべつのふくろにいれます(Gomi wa betsu no fukuro ni iremasu) べつのふくろにごみおいれます (Betsu no fukuro ni gomi o iremasu) ごみおべつのふくろにいれます(Gomi o betsu no fukuro ni iremasu) Which if not all, is appropriate?
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If the particle wo is used to indicate direct object why isn't it used in some sentences where there are direct objects?

I'm confused about the use of the wo/o particle. I've read many times that is used to indicate direct objects, but in phrases like this there is a direct object and there isn't a particle wo to ...
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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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Causative Form - Difference between 子供に本を読ませる and 子供を本を読ませる

What is the difference between these two examples? 子供に本を読ませる 子供を本を読ませる Please give me some other example to illustrate the difference.
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Usage of を in 自らを豊作を司る

I came across this while reading 「狼と香辛料」and was confused by the usage of を in the sentence below: 少女は狼の耳と尻尾を有した美しい娘で、自らを豊作を司る神ホロと名乗った。 In particular I'm interested in 「自らを豊作を司る」which I would ...
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を and と used with 考える

I thought that 考える was used like 思う in that particle と always preceded it. However I found the following sentence from a reading task for class: まるで英語を公用語と考えているかのように、英語の言葉を多く使う。 What does it mean ...
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Subject and object of a passive sentence are interchangeable?

I am a bit confused with passive sentences in Japanese. For example, when I want to say "My back was pushed by someone on the train.", if I am correct, the Japanese version can be phrased in 2 ...
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Question about だれが「おまえを好きだ」と言った

As it was discussed here, the particle を may sometimes be placed in front of 好き as long as the main verb of the sentense does not take anything else to be its を. だれがおまえを好きだと言った。 My question is ...
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For which verb is を marking the object [duplicate]

「にわかに目をキラキラさせ始めた友蔵を前に、さすがのおかあさんも、ズバリ、 そんな物は必要ないとは言いにくいらしく珍しく口ごもった。」 I'm struggling to parse this sentence. In particular I don't understand which verb the を in bold is marking the object of. We ...
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Use of particles for なにも in response to the question “What is in something?”

If the answer to the question, "What is in the pocket?" is "Nothing is in the pocket." is the topic marker が needed after "Nothing" (i.e., "なにもが ..." or just "なにも ...")?
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Tracing subject sentence and missing classifier

In the following sentence I am not sure if the subject is 始末したコボルト or not. I guess it is the subject and not the group in which is plunged searching for shelter. Is it correct? ...
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〜がほしがっています vs 〜をほしがっています

I was wondering if the following two sentences have the same meaning. I'm seeing both をほしい and がほしい on my Anki deck and I was just wondering if they were interchangeable or if I just made a mistake ...
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は and を or の and わ

Okay, so I learned a little while ago that 私は日本語を悪いです is what you should say. But someone who is Japanese told me that 私の日本語わ悪いです is correct. So now I'm a little confused. Are both correct?...
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What is “を ” used for when not attached to a verb at the end of a sentence? [closed]

In the song, he says "君の中に落としたひとりを" and I know hitori is "一人" but it's not a verb, yet it's at the end of a sentence: また隠した もう一つの夢の中で見てた夜を思い出した 君の中に落としたひとりを 見つけないで 僕はまだいないから Is it used ...
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をも: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

日本で英語を教えたい。彼も教えたい。 I want to teach English in Japan. He also wants to teach. But if I were referring to myself in both sentences and talking about two different activities that I want to do: ...
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What happened to the を sound?

Unlike ゑ and ゐ, を actually still exists. However, I've never heard of this letter actually being pronounced fully as 'wo'. It's kind of weird that there aren't any words with that letter, isn't it? ...
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What's the difference between に and を in these phrases?

I found these two phrases: 彼らは熊を[触]{さわ}る。 彼らは熊に触る。 I don't see the difference between them, since both mean "touching a bear."
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When do you use the o marker with kudasai (Please)

Here are some Japanese sentences: Aisu-kōhī-o kudasai (Please give me iced coffee) Mizu-o kudasai (Please give me water) Kippu kudasai (Please give me a ticket) Why doesn't the last sentence ...
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Is “Airman ga Taosenai” grammatical?

I've been listening to this memetic song for quite a bit, but recently I was thinking perhaps the title could be inaccurate. Shouldn't it be "Airman wo Taoserarenai"? There are 2 points I have to ...
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Does “私は山田さんが描きました。” make sense in Japanese?

Is this sentence put together correctly? I'm trying to say "I drew (name on person)" formally. Drew as in "drew a picture of". In this case I will be using Yamada-san as an example. 私は山田さんが描きました。 ...
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Causative を and は, are they interchangable?

For example in this sentence 「―――いえ。 誰にも遠野くんは傷つけさせません。 それだけは信じてください」 ……というか、そんな事より旅費とかパスポートとかを心配してしまう自分の小市民ぶりが情けない。 or this one 「……兄さん。秋葉にとって、兄さんは本当に一番大切な人だった。 だって、どんなに焦がれていても、それが手に入らないなら目障りなだけでしょう?...
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Use of object marker with no verb

I've checked this link but i'm afraid it didn't help my understanding in this example: とし子ちゃんにきくと、やっぱり自分のことをふつうだと言った。 When she asked とし子, とし子 also said that her own affairs were ordinary (my, ...
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Implicit Meanings/Interpretations of を

I need some help reasoning out the implied meaning of を in a song lyric. The lines in question are: 何{なに}もかもが隠{かく}された この世界{せかい}で生{い}きるよ 僕{ぼく}だけの輝{かがや}きを I'm a little shaky on how を should be ...
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How is を used here?

この大作の完成を願えども余命とぼしきを如何せん。I had hoped to finish writing this novel, but I'm afraid I have little time left. 貧窮なるを如何せん。I am poor, so what can I do? In the sentences above is ヲ used as a conjunctive ...
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What is the difference between は and を?

They seem to be used in the same way.