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

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Question about the uses of "を" particle besides being a "direct object" and "spatial object" marker

I know that the former is for transitive verbs and the latter is for intransitive verbs (specifically motion verbs like 出る、向く、上る) but how do I explain the following sentence: 明日、会社を休む。 At first, I ...
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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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Use of particle を with 取り組み and 期待する

▽アジアの中心が中国にシフトしつつある中、日本が世界で戦える人財づくりを企業・学校・政府と本格的に取り組む仕組みづくりに期待したい(自動車)(source) 1) I don't understand what the を is doing there? 取り組む doesn't take the を particle normally...? 2)Is 仕組みづくり the object ...
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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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"は + verb" instead of "を + verb"?

I have stumbled upon instances where "は + verb" is used in situations where I thought "を + verb" should be used. For example, recently I've seen その覚悟はしてました I was prepared for that ...
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Explain how 向{む}く "to face" can take "上{うえ}" as a direct object using を?

There's a famous old song that's actually the only ever Japanese language song to reach #1 on the US pop charts: "上{うえ}を向{む}いて歩{ある}こう". This is both the title of the song and a frequently repeated ...
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Strange usage of を-Particle inside a 俳句 (haiku)

There is a company which sells tea in teabags that have a haiku printed on one of the sides (of the teabag). Recently I came upon the following haiku: 昼寝{ひるね}して 鳥獣{ちょうじゅう}戯画{ぎが}の 中{なか}にをり ...
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Topic は vs. direct object を for "I have never X"

The sentence pattern for "I have never X" is covered in this question: Is there a form for "I have never heard of"? However, I'm confused on which particle to use for the noun in this ...
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で cannot be used here right?

The English sentence being "I brush my teeth, wash my face, and have breakfast every day." My translation was 私は毎日歯で磨いて顔で洗って朝ご飯を食べます. The given answer was 私は毎日歯を磨いて顔を洗って朝ご飯を食べます. Given the ...
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Do I need to repeat the object + を in the response to a question?

I know that when answering a question, the topic + は is implied and left out of the response because it's redundant. Is the same true for the direct object of the verb + を? As an example, take the ...
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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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"nounをnoun(verb stem)" expressions: ie 基準を流れ, 戸惑いを表れ etc

後には、その基準を流れのあるものととらえ、一緒に進む一続きの行動を表す文が来る。(part of explanation for ~に沿って) 俺のとまどいを不安の表れと思ったのか、そんなふうに声をかけて、彼女は教室を出て行った。 I've treated the を in these sentences as の. How is を used here, and what is ...
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What does 家建てる mean?

I cannot figure out what 「家建てた」 on this tweet means. 「エレクチオン」で家建てた僕の言語能力を舐めちゃいけませン。 Is it a typo for 「打ち立てた」? Or it is a word that Koike Kazuo coined? If so, what does it mean? I think "made a ...
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Omitting を in 十数えました

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 ...
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「を大好き」と「が大好き」の違いは何ですか?

What's the difference in usage and meaning when using を with 大好き or 好き versus using が? I would think that using が is stating that the subject that you are talking about is loved, while using を is ...
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Differing explanations of 〜ところを

My textbook has this example sentence: 試験中、となりの人の答えを見ているところを先生に注意された。 The interpretation of this sentence hinges around ところを, and I'm not 100% sure what that means. The textbook simply indicates ...
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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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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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Use of から vs を with 出て行く?:

Why are we using から and not を in the following sentence?: 出て行く:同居している恋人が家から出て行って、別に住むようになる。 I ask because the normal particle with 出る is を (eg 家を出る) so why do we have から here? My dictionary has ...
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Can the particle を work as から in certain situations?

I found the next sentence: 村を飛び出した Because of 飛び出す being an intransitive verb, then that を is not working as a direct object marker, right? Then can を work as a "substitute" for から in this ...
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What is the difference between 写真を撮る and 写真に撮る?

As I understood so far, 撮る is a transitive verb, so "to take a photograph" is 写真を撮る in Japanese. However, I've just come across a sentence in my textbook that uses the expression 写真に撮る, and I'm not ...
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Changing を to は in negative statements

I've got confused and have a few questions: In some situations speaker is obligated to change the particle e.g. answering yes/no questions. Question: あなたはくじにひこうきにのりますか。(A) Answer: いいえ、わたしはくじ ...
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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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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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The particle へ in 山へ面している

tl;dr: Should へ be replaced with に here? I was reading Imabi and found the following example: 小屋は山へ面している。 As far as I know, へ is used with motion verbs especially when transition from one (...
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What is the difference between "を" and "は"? Can I say both "お茶を飲みます。" and "お茶は飲みます。"?

I'm aware that I can say "お茶を飲みます。" (with the particle "を") to convey the meaning "I drink tea." in the sense of indicating that an action is taking place. However, I'd like to know if I can also say ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference when using と and を to mark a spoken sentence

What's the difference between using と and を in the sentence below: 「食べる」と紙に書いてくれた 「食べる」を紙に書いてくれた They both mean, He wrote "eat" on the paper
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〜ほうを as in 準備のほうを

彩音{あやね} was doing something and 砂子{すなこ} reminded her that she should prepare herself for something else, saying: 彩音さん 準備のほうを She just answered は〜い But I didn't understand that ほうを. Is it the ...
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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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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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(をする) and (がする). Meanings and Uses

What does (をする) and (がする). Sometime ago I read on site something I dont remember, but I got confused because the use of 勉強がする, but I just knew the existence of 勉強をする. So actually Im pretty confused. ...
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Making sense of をと

どのような状況下であっても必ず十分な結果をと思い必死に過ごした3か月でした。 I'm only able to understand "No matter what circumstances you are put through..." and then something about producing sufficient results- the words that follow ...
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Difference between を and に for position (前を)?

~が前を歩いていました I read this answer but I feel like this case is different because 前 is not a place but a relative position. I'm used to seeing に used for position, for example when giving directions &...
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Please help me understand the tadoushi/jidoushi distinction

I’m trying to understand the tadoushi/jidoushi distinction. I read an article in wikionary.org Here which seemed to make sense. In particular it stated that the tadoushi/jidoushi distinction is a ...
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ちから, たわめる and を-Particle

I stumbled upon a sentence where I don't get the grammar: (括れは) 柔{やわ}らかなままに弾{はず}んだ力{ちから}をたわめていて the topic being the waist of a woman. What I don't understand shouldn't it rather be で instead of を ...
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I don't understand こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。

From: 今日もようやく長い一日が終わった。この屋敷で働き始めて今日で三年になるが、ここの仕事は本当に辛い。旦那様と奥様はお優しいのだが、お嬢様がとても厳しく、理不尽な方だ。気に入らないことがあればすぐに怒鳴り、殴ってくる。こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。 The text might be a bit above my Japanese skill...I'm ...
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を-, と- and に-particle usage with 合わせる

Recently, I found out that 合わせる can go with many particles. Jisho gives here (https://jisho.org/search/%E5%90%88%E3%82%8F%E3%81%9B%E3%82%8B) some examples on this: あなたの計画{けいかく} を 私{わたし} に 合わせなさい。...
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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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Can 思う take を and と at the same time?

Consider the following sentence: Bobはこの女の子を自分の子供と思って育てることにしました。 Bob thought of this girl as his own and decided to raise her (my rough translation). I have several problems with it: It is hard to ...
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雨を降っています - grammatically correct sentence or just typo? [closed]

It seems that there are around 14-17K Google results on each of "雨を降って" and "雪を降って" keywords. Is 降る yet another intransitive verb that are used with を? Does it mean something like "rain on me" and "...
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Meaning of を作画 at the end of sentence

In a manual about welding I encountered the following sentences: (3)FSWを行う継手について,表面(A)に垂直な直線(B)を作画 (4)表面(A)から距離440mm位置の直線(B)上の点(C)を作画 I am not sure if を作画 means "Drawing of the straight line.....
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Justifying が into を

How do I handle a sentence in which I would normally have two が? For example, 彼がその本を読んでる。 彼はその話題があまり分からん。 are normal sentences with slight distinction in meaning between が and は there, but what if I ...
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Use of 'wo' in "umi no naka wo oyogu yo" [duplicate]

海の中を泳ぐよ umi no naka wo oyogu yo "wo" is the direct object particle, so does this mean "swim the in the sea?" But that doesn't make much sense. This was from a children's colouring sheet showing a ...
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に versus を with 会いました verb

I casually used を in the sentence クマを会いました。I was corrected with クマに会いました。Checking references and sample sentences I found no を examples. I think there is something fundamental about を and に that I do ...
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What's the nuance behind using を要らない as opposed to が要らない?

I was reading the lyrics of a song and found the following line: あの人あたしをいらない From the original English song, I can tell that the meaning is that "that person no longer needs me", but why does it ...
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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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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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Can を be used when asking for how many of an object?

First Japanese Stack Exchange question :D I'm reading a Japanese book and one of the chapter got me thinking. The book wrote it like this: How many pencils are there ? えんぴつはなんぼんですか。 Can we not not ...
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Particle は replacing を - where does the stress lie?

I've recently learned that the particle を can be replaced by either particles は/が. However, the stress on the focus of the sentence doesn't make sense to me. My book gives this example: ご飯を食べました。...